The Portuguese overseas territories-historic

In her colonial period, Portugal had two territories using ‘M’ and two,  ‘G’.

It may be that to differentiate, one of each (Macao and Goa) used a full hyphen set of two dashes (in the style of  mainland Portugal) and the others (Madeira and Guinea), one dash only  following the code letter.   Proof needed

Every one of the single-letter Portuguese territories was – and remains – amongst the rarest of sightings and even photographs or plates are unknown.    (Unless YOU know otherwise????)

MACAO

MACAO until 1960s,(then MA-nn-nn)

MADEIRA

MADEIRA until 1962 (then MA-nn-nn)

AZORES

AZORES until 1962 (then AR- or AC or HO-nn-nn)

TIMOR

TIMOR until late 1960s? then TP-nn-nn until 1976 Indonesian putsch)

GUINEA

GUINEA until 1974 (independence)

GOA

GOA 1930-57 (then IGA-nn-nn to 1961 when ceded to India)

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