1893 French Military Franchise Essays of the New Hebrides
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The New Hebrides in the late 1800s
In the late 1800s, Britain and France were both reluctant to take ownership of the New Hebrides islands because of the tough climate and the savage inhabitants. However, their settlers looked to them to provide some sort of authority and stability.
The French's grand plan
In 1893, French military officers in New Caledonia came up with a plan whereby troops could be stationed on certain islands which could eventually be acquired for France.
They would issue a Military Franchise stamp similar to that already issued for New Caledonia. To encourage the cooperation of the British, a bi-national design was chosen: President Sadi Carnot facing Queen Victoria.