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The Flag of Martinique

18 Nov

Snake Flag of Martinique

The Flag of Martinique

The snake flag of Martinique has no official status on the island. It is a historical flag dating from an edict issued 4 August 1766, specifying that vessels of the French Colony of Martinique and Saint Lucia should fly a version of the French ensign, which at the time was a white cross on a blue field, with L-shaped (for Lucia) snakes in each quarter of the cross.

The snakes are trigonocéphale vipers (Bothrops lanceolatus) native to Martinique.

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The Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis

18 Nov

Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis

The Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis

The flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis was adopted on September 19, 1983, consisting of two white stars on a diagonal black band, fimbriated in yellow, separating background colors of green and red. It was the winning entry in a local competition. The flag contains the Pan-African colours, although officially the colours are given a different significance:

  • Green: the island’s fertility;
  • Red: the struggles of the people from slavery through colonialism to independence;
  • Yellow: year round sunshine;
  • Black: the African heritage of the people;
  • White stars: hope and liberty or Saint Kitts and Nevis.

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The Flag of Guadeloupe (Unofficial)

16 Nov

The Flag of Guadeloupe

The Flag of Guadeloupe (Unofficial)

The flag of the Region of Guadeloupe, a région and overseas département of France located in the Caribbean, is a white field on which is placed a logo showing a stylized sun and bird on a green and blue square. Below the logo is inscribed REGION GUADELOUPE underlined in yellow.

The independentist People’s Union for the Liberation of Guadeloupe has proposed a national flag very similar to that of Suriname.

The French tricolore is the official national flag used in Guadeloupe.

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Flag of Honduras

15 Nov

Flag of Honduras

Flag of Honduras

The flag of Honduras was adopted on January 9, 1866. It is based on the flag of the Federal Republic of Central America. The flag contains three equal horizontal bands. The two blue bands represent the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The white band represents the land between the ocean and the sea. The five blue five-pointed stars arranged in an X pattern centered in the white band represent the five nations of the former Federal Republic of Central America (El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala) and the hope that the nations may form a union again.

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The Flag of Ethiopia

14 Nov

The Flag of Ethiopia

The Flag of Ethiopia

The Original flag, which was used from 1975 to 1987 and 1991 to 1996, and is still widely seen today.

Flag of Ethiopia (1987-1991)

The old flag with the Lion of Judah. It remains popular with the Rastafari movement and people loyal to Haile Selassie.

The Flag of Ethiopia was adopted on February 6, 1996.The colours of African unity – red, green, yellow – are seen here on one of the oldest African flags. These colours were used for the national flag of Ethiopia in 1897, a year after Ethiopia decisively defended itself from colonial Italy at the Battle of Adwa. The flag’s tri-colour scheme has existed since the early 19th c. and was previously the official banner of the Ethiopian Empire’s Solomonic dynasty. The royal flag often featured the emblem of a Lion of Judah, a crowned lion carrying a cross centred in the banner’s yellow mid-section. The flag is understood to be a link between the Ethiopian church, the peoples, and the nation were united in the one flag. Whilst red is currently featured at the bottom of the horizontal tricolour this was reversed in the mid 19th century and the emblem was added in 1996. What the colours symbolize varies depending on point of view, but generally: red represents power or African blood spilled in defence of the land; yellow for peace and harmony between Ethiopia’s various ethnic and religious groups; green is almost always said to symbolize the land and its fertility. Other African nations, upon their independence from their colonial rulers so often adopted these three colours that they are known as the Pan-African colours.

Prior to 1996, and to some extent even today, the ‘plain’ flag was commonly seen across the nation and the world. Previously, especially during the Derg regime, a number of different emblems were experimented with, however, the basic colour schematic has remained constant. Even the oppressive Derg did not dare to tamper with the colours’ layout, but simply removed and changed the imperial emblem after Haile Selassie’s overthrow. An alternative coat of arms featuring a five pointed star and rays over a cogwheel surrounded by a wreath of leaves is now the featured emblem.
The star, which is a pentagram, is yellow on a blue disc, which overlaps the green and red stripes. The star testifies to Ethiopia’s bright future and possibly echoes the connection with the House of King Solomon, while the yellow rays which it emits are equidistant and are said to represent the equality of all Ethiopians regardless of race, creed, or gender.

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The Flag of Curaçao

11 Nov

The Flag of Curaçao

The Flag of Curaçao

The flag of Curaçao is a blue field with a horizontal yellow stripe slightly below the midline and two white, five-pointed stars in the canton. The blue symbolises the sea and sky (the bottom and top blue sections, respectively) divided by a yellow stroke representing the bright sun which bathes the island. The two stars represent Curaçao and Klein Curaçao, but also ‘Love & Happiness’. The five points on each star symbolise the five continents from which Curaçao’s people come.

According to Flags of the World, the horizontal stripes have ratios 5:1:2. The stars have diameters 1/6 and 2/9 of the flag height. The centre of the smaller one is 1/6 the flag height from the left and top edges, and the centre of the larger is 1/3 from the left and top edges. The blue is Pantone 280, and the yellow, Pantone 102.

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The Flag of Bonaire

10 Nov

The Flag of Bonaire

The Flag of Bonaire

The flag of Bonaire has a large blue triangle in the lower right corner and a smaller yellow triangle in the upper left corner. The triangles are separated by a white strip, inside of which is a black compass and a red six-pointed star. The blue and yellow triangles represent the sea and sun respectively while the dividing white strip represents the sky. The colors red, white, and blue also show Bonaire’s loyalty to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The black compass represents the population of Bonaire who come from the four corners of the world. The red six-pointed star represents the original six islands of the Netherlands Antilles; Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire.

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The Flag of Bermuda

10 Nov

The Flag of Bermuda

The Flag of Bermuda

The Flag of Bermuda was adopted on October 4, 1910. It is a British Red Ensign with the Union Flag in the upper left corner, and the coat of arms of Bermuda in the lower right.

The flag is unusual for a British colony in that it is a red ensign, rather than a blue ensign, as is traditional for use by governments. However red ensigns were used by both Canada (pre-1965) and the Union of South Africa (1870-1905 Natal only) as their flags. The Governor of Bermuda uses a Union Flag defaced with the coat of arms, a design traditional for Governors of the British overseas territories.

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The Flag of Haiti

10 Nov

The Flag of Haiti

The Flag of Haiti

The flag of Haiti was adopted on February 25, 1986. The flag is divided into two rectangles going across horizontally. The top half is blue and the bottom is red. In the center is the coat of arms of Haiti which consists of a palm tree accompanied by several flags. There are two cannons mounted on either side of the palm tree. The banner underneath displays the national motto: L’Union Fait La Force (Unity Makes Strength). The civil flag and ensign lacks the emblem.

The red and blue flag is said to have been first created during the country’s revolution against the French; the rebels removed the white stripe from the French tricolore and used that as their flag, only with the stripes flown horizontally instead of vertically, as in the French flag.

At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, it was found that Haiti and Liechtenstein were using the same flag, which led to a crown’s being added to the Flag of Liechtenstein.
From May 25, 1964 to February 25, 1986, during the family dictatorship of Francois and Jean-Claude Duvalier, the country had a different flag, in red and black, and divided vertically, not horizontally.

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The Flag of Mexico

10 Nov

The Flag of Mexico

The Flag of Mexico

The Flag of Mexico is a vertical tricolor of green, white, and red with the national coat of arms charged in the center of the white stripe. While the meaning of the colors has changed over time, these three colors were adopted by Mexico following independence from Spain during the country’s War of Independence. The current flag was adopted in 1968, but the overall design has been used since 1821 when the First National Flag was created. The current law of national symbols that governs the use of the national flag has been in place since 1984.

Throughout history, the flag has changed eight times, as the design of the coat of arms and the length-width ratios of the flag have been modified. However, the coat of arms has had the same features throughout: an eagle, holding a serpent in its talon, is perched on top of a prickly pear cactus; the cactus is situated on a rock that rises above a lake. The coat of arms is derived from an Aztec legend that their gods told them to build a city where they spot an eagle and a serpent, which is now Mexico City. The current national flag, the Fourth National Flag, is also used as the Mexican naval ensign by ships registered in Mexico.

Meaning of the Colors

The colors of the flag originated from the banner of the Army of the Three Guarantees, which lasted from 1821 until 1823. Originally, the colors had the following meanings.

  • Green: Independencia (independence from Spain)
  • White: Religión (religion, the Roman Catholic faith)
  • Red: Unión (union between the Europeans and Americans)

Flag of the Three Guarantees

However, the meaning of the colors changed because of the secularization of the country, which was spearheaded by President Benito Juárez. The new color meanings are as follows:

  • Green: Hope
  • White: Unity
  • Red: Blood of the national heroes

The World Encyclopedia of Flags, a book written by Alfred Znamierowski, also gives the following meaning to the colors of the flag:

  • Green: Hope
  • White: Purity
  • Red: Religion

Since Article 3 of the Flag Law does not give an official symbolism to the colors, other meanings may be given to them. Other groups have used the national colors as part of their own logos or symbols. For example, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) political party has adopted the national colors as part of their logo. Another political party, the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), also had the national colors as part of their logo, but changed them in the 1990s after a controversy surrounding impartiality issues, while the PRI did not. Several states, such as Querétaro and Hidalgo have incorporated either elements of the national flag, or even the entire flag, into their coat of arms.

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