A one-stop resource for information on all Nyassa and Nyassa Company postage stamps ever issued. The history of Nyassa and Nyassa Company postage stamps...

The arrival of Vasco da Gama in what is now Mozambique in 1498 marked the start of Portugal's colonial ambitions in Africa. Unable, through lack of capital, to colonise and administer the region themselves, Portugal instead leased the country to others to administer it - by 1891 over a third of what was then known as Portuguese East Africa was administered by three British companies, the Mozambique Company, the Zambezi Company and the Nyassa (or Niassa) Company.

The Nyassa Company held the concession to administer the lands in what is now the regions of Cabo Delgado and Niassa between 1891 and 1929, when the Portuguese government refused to grant an extension to the concession.

Part of that concession included the ability to issue stamps - initially by merely overprinting stamps from Mozambique with the word "Nyassa", and subsequently by issuing its own stamps through an arrangement with Waterlow and Sons, printers in London, an arrangement which, as will be explained, ended up being more about making money from stamp collectors than actually serving the postal requirements of the colony. The stamps should not be confused with those from Nyasaland, which was a British protectorate in what is now known as Malawi.

Because of a number of factors, including their age, their perceived (if not their actual) value, and their well-designed and attractive nature, Nyassa and Nyassa Company stamps remain highly sought after to this day, and they regularly appear in large numbers on auction websites and philatelic websites, with the rarest of the stamps regularly selling in the hundreds of pounds.

Until this site was created, however, there was no definitive on-line, freely accessible, resource cataloguing each and every one of the stamps issued by Nyassa and the Nyassa Company. This site therefore aims to fill that void by detailing all of the stamps, explaining the history behind them, and outlining how the provenance of the stamps might not, at times, be quite how it may seem.

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