French Equatorial Africa (FEA): was the federation of French colonial possessions in Middle Africa, extending northwards from the Congo River to the Sahara Desert. Established in 1910, the federation contained five territories. French Congo and Gabon, Oubangui-Chari, Chad and French Cameroon (after World War I). In 1958 the federation was dissolved and in 1959 an interim association called the Union of Central African Republics, before becoming fully independent in August 1960.
Afrique Equitoriale Gabon: The French Congo (French: Colonie du Congo or Congo français) was a French colony which at one time comprised the present-day area of the Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and the Central African Republic.
1859 French Colonies stamp - "French Colonies" is the name used by philatelists to refer to the postage stamps issued by France for use in the parts of the French colonial empire that did not have stamps of their own. These were in use from 1859-1906, and from 1943-1945. The first of these were small square stamps issued in 1859, depicting an eagle and crown in a round frame, with the inscription "COLONIES DE L'EMPIRE FRANCAIS". They were imperforate, as were all Colonies stamps until 1881.
Quick History A former French Colony from 1862 to 1954, and an administrative unit of French Indochina, the population was 4 million in 1940, and the Capital was Saigon. The territory of Cochin China is now the southern third of Vietnam. South Vietnam was created in 1954 by adding part of southern Annam to Cochin China. Big Blue Picture From 1886-88, Five stamps of French Colonies were surcharged in black and issued for Cochin China. Indochina stamps were used after 1892.