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Puerto Rico Flag

Flag of Puerto Rico
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Puerto Rico]
Aspect Ratio(2:3)
Color Scheme blue,red,white
Color and Design

Meaning & SymbolismThe flag's three red stripes represent the blood that the people of Puerto Rico have shed in defense of their home, while the white stripes represent peace. The blue section of the flag represents the blue sky and the sea that surrounds Puerto Rico, and it is shaped like a triangle to represent the three distinct branches of the Puerto Rican government. The star in the center of that triangle represents Puerto Rico itself.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Puerto Rico consists of five equal horizontal bands of red (top and bottom) alternating with white and a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a large white five-pointed star in the center.

The first flag of Puerto Rico was the royal banner of Spain. Christopher Columbus carried the flag when he claimed the island for the Spanish Empire, and it represented Puerto Rico for most of the time that it spent as a Spanish territory. The first Puerto Rico flag that was designed by a native came into use among the colony's independence movement in 1868. The top half of the field was blue with a white star near the hoist, while the bottom half was red. A white cross divided the flag into four equal sections.

The current flag was designed in 1892 by members of the Puerto Rican Revolutionary Committee. They used the flag to represent themselves shortly after it was designed, but it was not legally adopted as a flag of Puerto Rico until 1952. The Puerto Rican government used different shades on their own flags than the previous design used, which caused some controversy. The current law does not specify the precise shades that should be used, so both the original form of the design and the 1952 variant are commonly displayed.


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