Annual Report 39
Mail between England and Portugal was carried by boat to France and then by land to Portugal. In 1689 war between England and France blocked this route, leading to the use of Falmouth, the furthest west navigable port on the south coast. Packet boats provided a vital link during the Peninsular War. Brazil was the first country after Britain in 1840 to use postage stamps in 1843. Portugal followed in 1853. The article also looks at the role of Portugal in ensuring transmittal of letters from the British forces to home during WW2.
The article (pdf) can be downloaded here
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