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El Salvador Flag

Flag of El Salvador
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of El Salvador]
Aspect Ratio(189:335)
Color Schemeblue white green,yellow
Color and Design

A horizontal triband of cobalt blue (top and bottom) and white with the National Coat of Arms in the center and occupying the entire width of the white stripe with its top touching the upper blue strip and its base touching the lower blue stripe.

Meaning & SymbolismThe cobalt blue represents the skies of the country and two massive oceans of Central America. White represents peace, concordia and solidarity with the world. The coat of arms represents the nation itself and displays some of the country's most important symbols.
Description and Brief History

The flag of El Salvador features a horizontal triband of cobalt blue-white-cobalt blue, with the coat of arms centered and entirely contained within the central white stripe. This design of a triband of blue-white-blue is commonly used among Central American countries. There have been many different El Salvador flags since the nation first became independent from Spain. They have always drawn inspiration from the flags of the nation's allies, but they have also always had unique and distinctive aspects that represent El Salvador's national character.

The flag of El Salvador draws inspiration from the flags of Argentina, which was one of the first nations to offer military support when Spain's colonies in Central America declared independence, and the flag of the Federal Republic of Central America, which was the first nation to form in Central America after the colonies won their independence from Spain. The modern flag is very similar to that of the Federal Republic, but it is not the first flag that El Salvador has used since it became independent. The earlier flags drew on the American flag for inspiration. They featured blue and white stripes with a red field of white stars displayed in the canton. That El Salvador flag changed several times over the years, because the government added a new star to the design every time that El Salvador gained a new province. It eventually fell out of use in 1912 when the government decided to replace the old flag with the modern design.


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