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Puerto Rico

Our Puerto Rico flags are produced in the traditional 2:1 ratio used for National flags in the UK so this flag will match others of the same size if you are flying several flags together. We use a MOD grade Knitted Polyester which has been tested for its durability and suitability for production of flags.

Trivia

The flag was originally designed in 1895.

Technical Specifications

Adopted
1995
Proportion 2:3
Design
Five red-white horizontal stripes with a light blue triangle and white five-pointed star.
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Brief History

There were three flags flown on the Island of Puerto Rico around 1492. The first was the standard of Christopher Columbus that claimed Puerto Rico under Spanish Control in 1492, a white field with a green cross surrounded by green crowned F and Y. The second flag was the Burgundy Cross of the Spanish military featuring a field and two red crossed roughly pruned branches.

The Flag of Christopher Columbus (1492)

The Flag of the Burgundy Cross (1492 -1843)

The third flag flown around 1492 was that of the Kingdom of Castile. This was the Royal flag that features two red squares with gold castles top left and bottom right, and two white squares with lions’ top right and bottom left.

Between 1701 and 1793 the Flag of Spain in Fortresses and Castles was also flown in Puerto Rico. This flag was a plain white field with an off-centre crowned coat of arms made up of the flag of the kingdom of Castile.

The flag of the Kingdom of Castile (1492 onward)

The flag of Spain in Fortresses and Castles (1701 – 1793)

In 1785 the flag flown in Puerto Rico was the Flag of Spain. It was a red-yellow-red triband flag with royal coat of arms featuring a crowned red-white shield with castle and lion in the left corner.

There was an attempted revolt against the Spanish in 1868. The flag of the revolution was a blue-red horizontal bicolour and white cross with white five-pointed star in the top left corner.

The Flag of Spain (1785 – 1873) (1875 – 1931)

The Lares Revolutionary Flag (1868)

In 1873 Spain and Puerto Rico was declared a republic. The flag changed to that of the first Spanish Republic. It is similar to the previous flag with the crown removed.

A new colonial flag was also adopted at this time. The flag features a yellow-bordered red field with yellow cross. At the centre was a new coat of arms that featured a crowned green shield with a lamb holding the new flag surrounded by various Spanish symbols. At either side of the shield are crowned F and Y.

The Flag of Spain (1873 – 1874)

The Flag of the Spanish Republic (1873 – 1875)

The modern flag of Puerto Rico was designed in 1895. It was created as a symbol of revolution against the Spanish and features five red-white horizontal stripes with a light blue triangle and white five-pointed star. The red symbolises blood, white is revolutionary victory, blue the sea and the white star is the island.

In 1898 the United States acquired Puerto Rico from Spain. The the 45-star, 13 red-white bar American flag was the only flag allowed to be flown.

The Original Design of the Flag of Puerto Rico (1895)

The Flag of the United States of America (1898 – 1908)

As more states were added to America more stars were added to the flag, first in 1908 and finally totalling at 50 in 1912.

The Flag of the United States of America (1908 – 1912)

The Flag of the United States of America (1912 – 1959)

In 1952 Puerto Rico became a commonwealth.  The flag designed in 1895 was adopted with a darker blue triangle. The three red stripes represent the blood nourishing the government, the white stripes represent liberty, the dark blue triangle is the government and the white star is the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In 1995 the triangle colour was changed again to sky blue.

The Flag of Puerto Rico 1952 – 1995

The Flag of Puerto Rico 1995 to Present Day

The Coat of Arms of Puerto Rico

The current version of the coat of arms of Puerto Rico was adopted in 1976. It features a crowned shield surrounded by a crowned F and Y and a banner at the bottom stating “JOHN IS HIS NAME”.  The shield depicts the lamb of god sitting on the book of revelation holding a Saint George’s cross surrounded by symbols of Crown of Castile and León.

The Great Seal of Puerto Rico

The Great Seal of Puerto Rico is a circular design made up of elements of the coat of arms.  It is used to authenticate legal and governmental documents.

The Seal of the Governor of Puerto Rico

Then Seals of the Governor of Puerto Rico all feature the coat of arms at the centre with different words in the boarders. Examples of the seals are below.

The Municipal Flags of Puerto Rico

Each Municipal of Puerto Rico has an individual flag. Here are some examples below.

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