A Cretan state existed from 1898 to 1908. Turkish stamps were used in Crete until 1898 when Crete obtained autonomy under Turkish suzerainty. Crete was nevertheless garrisoned by an international military force from Britain, France, Italy and Russia. Britain and Russia issued stamps inscribed in Greek but France and Italy used their own stamps, overprinted with the name of the island. The first stamps of Crete were issued in 1900. Crete became part of Greece in 1913 and Greek stamps have been used on the island since then. The remaining Cretan stamps were overprinted.
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