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Puerto Rico Flag


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Puerto Rico Flag - pictures and information about the flag of Puerto Rico

The flag of Puerto Rico consists of five horizontal bands of red and white, with a blue triangle containing a white start on the hoist-side. Although there are official color shades for the flag, variations are used in practice - pro-independence supporters favor light blue, and pro-commonwealth and pro-statehood supporters favor dark blue as used on the flag of the United States.

The flag was originally designed by Francisco Gonzalo Marin in 1892 to symbolize the ideas of the Puerto Rican independence movement (at a time when Puerto Rico was still a Spanish colony). The three red stripes represent the blood of brave warriors, the two white stripes represent the peace that would be gained by independence, the triangle represents the three branches of government, the blue represents the sky and the coastal waters, and the white star represents the island of Puerto Rico.

In 1898, following the Spanish-American war, Puerto Rico was occupied by the United States and became a United States territory. It was infact illegal for more than half a century to fly the Puerto Rican flag on the island.

In 1947, the United States Congress approved legislation allowing Puerto Rico to elect its own Governor. Luis Munoz Marin was the firt elected Governor in 1949, and in 1952 the new administration proclaimed the Marin flag the official flag of Puerto Rico.


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The flag of Puerto Rico represents and symbolizes the island of Puerto Rico and its people. The origins of the current flag of Puerto Rico, adopted by the commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952, can be traced to 1868, when the first Puerto Rican flag, "The Revolutionary Flag of Lares", was conceived by Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances and embroidered by Mariana "Brazos de Oro" Bracetti. This flag was used in the short-lived Puerto Rican revolt against Spanish rule in the island, known as "El Grito de Lares". Juan de Mata Terreforte, an exiled veteran of "El Grito de Lares" and Vice-President of the Cuban Revolutionary Committee, in New York City, adopted the flag of Lares as the flag of Puerto Rico until 1895, when the current design, modeled after the Cuban flag, was unveiled and adopted by the 59 Puerto Rican exiles of the Cuban Revolutionary committee. The new flag, which consisted of five equal horizontal bands of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a large, white, five-pointed star in the center, was first flown in Puerto Rico on March 24, 1897, during the "Intentona de Yauco" revolt. The use and display of the Puerto Rican flag was outlawed and the only flags permitted to be flown in Puerto Rico were the Spanish flag (1492 to 1898) and the flag of the United States (1898 to 1952). In 1952, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico adopted the same flag design, which was unveiled in 1895 by the Puerto Rican exiles within the Cuban Revolutionary Committee, as its official standard. The color of the triangle that was used by the administration of Luis Muñoz Marín was the dark blue. In 1995, the government of Puerto Rico issued a regulation regarding the use of the Puerto Rican flag titled: "Reglamento sobre el Uso en Puerto Rico de la Bandera del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico", in which the government specifies the colors to be used but does not specify any official color tones or shades. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see the flag of Puerto Rico with different shades of blue displayed in the island. Several Puerto Rican flags, with darker shades than sky blue were aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery during its flight into outer space on March 15, 2009.


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