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Netherlands Antilles B360d

     The Netherlands Antilles is part of the Lesser Antilles and consists of two groups of islands in the Caribbean Sea: Curaçao and Bonaire, just off the Venezuelan coast, and Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten, located southeast of the Virgin Islands. They were previously known as the Netherlands West Indies or Dutch Antilles/West Indies.
     On this stamp of the Netherlands Antilles the lines of latitude and longitude are identified with their coordinates. The identification of the longitude lies has been transposed. The west-most longitude is marked 63°15’W while the east-most longitude is marked 63°05’W.    

     A second possible error is the use of “Caribbean Sea” rather than the proper Dutch “Caribische Zee.” However, it is not altogether certain that this is an error. The “everyday” language on these islands is English, so it is possible that the designer used the “everyday” name for the sea.

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