One (1) FIRST DAY COVER in title from the 2017 Canada Post Issue
2017 BLACK HISTORY: Mathieu Da Costa First Day Cover
Honour Black History Month and pay tribute to Canada’s rich tradition of diversity with this Official First Day Cover.
This colourful collectible celebrates Mathieu Da Costa, an explorer and interpreter from West Africa who is believed by some to be the first named person of African descent to reach Canada.
A skilled linguist who was proficient in several languages, Da Costa accompanied multiple European expeditions to the New World, where he earned a living by facilitating deals between fur traders and Indigenous people.
The First Day Cover bears a domestic stamp, designed by Andrew Perro and illustrated by Ron Dollekamp, featuring an image of Da Costa dressed in period clothing. In the harbour behind him, several canoes carrying Aboriginal people paddle toward a sailing ship. The cancel location is Tadoussac, Quebec. The village at the confluence of the Saguenay and Saint Lawrence Rivers was the site of the first trading post in New France.
As with all stamp issues in 2017, Canada’s sesquicentennial, this stamp has been treated with special tagging to mark the occasion. The words ‘Canada 150’ and a red sesquicentennial logo appear along the top of the stamp when viewed under black light.