Ascension Island was discovered in 1501 by the Portuguese explorer João da Nova but the Portuguese did not settle the island and Ascension remained uninhabited until October 1815.
On 15th October 1815 a squadron under the command of Rear Admiral George Cockburn put into St Helena with the prisoner Napoleon Bonaparte aboard. Fearing that Ascension could be used by the French to launch a rescue mission Cockburn dispatched two brigs, HMS Zenobia and HMS Peruvian, to Ascension Island. On 22 October 1815 Captains White and Dobree came ashore, raised the Jack and claimed the island for His Britannic Majesty King George III. It is the Bicentenary of this event that is celebrated on Ascension in October 2015.
Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm
Release date: 22 October 2015