Puerto Rican Flag – Puerto Rico Flag

By Pollux Parker

Puerto Rico Flag
Puerto Rico Flag

Puerto Rico has a variety of flags: the current national flag which represents the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, municipal banners to represent its numerous regions, political flags for the varied political ideologies of the people, and sports flags which the country uses during sports and athletic competitions.

Puerto Rican Flag

The history of the current Puerto Rico flag goes all the way back to 1868. This was when “The Revolutionary Flag of Lares” was first conceptualized by Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances and then later on embroidered by Mariana “Brazos de Oro” Bracetti. This flag was flown during the Puerto Rico revolution against the Spaniards and was known as “El Grito de Lares.”

The flag was then adopted by the Puerto Rican Revolutionary Committee’s vice president. Then, in 1892, a new design was fashioned after the Cuban flag and was subsequently adopted by the committee. The new design featured five red horizontal bands, alternating with white stripes, and a blue isosceles triangle along the hoist side which features a white, five-pointed star in the center.

Puerto Rico Flag

English: Puerto Rican flag waving in the wind....
English: Puerto Rican flag waving in the wind. Taken in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1952, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico used the same design as its official country flag without stipulating the particular tones and shades of colors to be used. Then, in 1995, the Puerto Rican government issued a regulation where in the colors were specified but no official color tones or shades were mandated. Thus, when visiting the island, it is not surprising to see the Puerto Rican flag bearing different shades of blue, in light or dark tones.

Pollux Parker is a lover of the outdoors and he cannot wait to soak up the sun on the beaches of Puerto Rico. He hopes to return from his trip with an inexpensive Puerto Rican Flag as a keepsake. During his vacation, he also wants to see how many shade variations of the Puerto Rican Flag he’ll be able to stumble upon.

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