Stamps - Natal
Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer arrived at the Bay "of the Durban we know today" on Christmas eve 1497 and called it Terra do Natal. Natal was a British crown colony 1843 - 1856 The British had annexed the Boer colony of Natalia in 1843 and administered Natal from Cape colony until 1856. Stamps for Natal were issued from 1857 - 1909. In 1910 Natal was united with Cape of Good Hope, Orange Free State and Transvaal to form the Union of South Africa.