Spain has marked the bicentenary of the independence of many of its former colonies with a commemorative issue.
The 0.78€ stamp shows the flags of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela, with the Bicentenary Group logo and the slogan ‘Libres y Unidos’ (free and united).
The Spanish postal authority said: ‘Due to the historical importance of the emancipation process for Spain and its relationship with Ibero-America, Spain joined the group supporting the bicentennial commemoration.’
It is unusual for countries to commemorate the breakaway of their former colonies, but not unknown. Britain noted the Bicentenary of the American Revolution with a stamp in 1976.