Navigation and Commerce Definitive
One value from a set of thirteen issued in 1884
in denominations from 1 centime to 1 franc.
Sainte Marie de Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar.
Sainte-Marie de Madagascar served as a port for French ships enroute to India. From July 30, 1750 until 1881 it was a dependency of Reunion. In subsequent years it was administered from Mayotte (until 1888) and from Diego Suarez, whose stamps were adopted for use on the island in 1890. Stamps inscribed with the name of Sainte-Marie were first issued in April 1894 and they were withdrawn from use on January 18, 1898.
"Ste-Marie de Madagascar." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.
Rossiter, Stuart and John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald and Co., 1986.