All of our printed Bahamas flags are produced by a process called Dye Sublimation. The system drenches each fibre of the fabric, resulting in a flag with wonderful precise colour, and vitally the design appears perfectly on each side. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.
The first flag of the Bahamas was introduced under British rule in 1869. The Flag of the Crown Colony of the Bahama Islands was a Blue Ensign with the Badge of the Bahama islands in the centre right hand side. The badge pictured British ships chasing after pirate ships, referencing how the British drove pirates from the island and helped bring order and featuring the crown at the top and a banner station “Pirates Expelled, Commerce Restored” at the bottom.
There were only minor changes to the badge during it’s time as a Crown Colony, this included removal of the white disk surrounding the badge in 1923 and a slightly different design of the crown.
In 1965 internal autonomy was given to The Bahama Islands and new flag was chosen when The Bahamas finally became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973.
The new flag was a mix of entries from a contest to design a new flag. It features an aquamarine stripes at the top and bottom with a gold stripe in the centre on the left hand side is a black equilateral triangle. The aquamarine stripes represent the sea and the gold is the land with the black triangle representing the people and their strength and unity.
The Island Arms of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Since 1973 there has been eighteen ‘Island Arms’ for each of the regions of the Bahamas. They each reflect the regional island’s individual culture. Examples of some of these arms are below.
The Governmental Flags of the Bahamas
The Flag of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas is the national flag with gold parliamentary mace and the flag of the Governor-General of the Bahamas is a lion standing on the St Edwards Crown with the words “COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS” below.