Fort of Sao Bras & Fortress of Sao Joao Baptista – Azores 2017- EUROPA

The Theme for EUROPA 2017 stamps is Castle and Forts . Two stamps issued by Azores are listed.

The Fort of São Brás was erected in the 16th century for the defence of the port and anchorage of the capital of the island of São Miguel in the Azores. It is regarded as the most significant fortification of its time and, at the same time, the most powerful of the city of Ponta Delgada. The archipelago was coveted by pirates and corsairs, attracted by the wealth carried by the ships that docked there on their way from Africa, India and Brazil. In 1585, the barrage of re from the fortress forced the withdrawal of two English warships that had attacked a Spanish galleon. The fort became headquarters of the Azores Military Command from 1940.
Plans for the Fortress of São João Baptista, in Angra do Heroísmo, started after the conquest of Ilha Terceira by Castilian troops, and construction began in 1603. It originally took the name São Filipe, in tribute to King Filipe II of Spain. Designed to protect the city’s port and to quarter Spanish troops, over the centuries it has taken on other historically relevant roles. Today, it is the oldest quarters still billeting operational troops on Portuguese territory.

Date of Issue -09 May 2017 0.80 Euro – Sao Joao Baptista – Print run 135,000

0.80 Euro – Fort of Sao Bras Print Run -40,000 Miniature Sheet – Print Run -40,000.