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4 Facts About Cuba's Flag

By    |   Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 06:32 PM

Cuba's flag is a symbol of its independence, surviving more than 100 years even during times of political turmoil and revolution.

It has a long and fascinating history that precedes its introduction as the country's official flag. Some of the facts about Cuba's flag are surprising, while others demonstrate the passion of the Cuban people for independence at the time of the flag's design.

The following tidbits are some of the most insightful facts about Cuba's flag, its meaning, and its importance.

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1. There's a Cuba-United States connection.
The flag of Cuba has its origins in New York City. It was adopted by a group of Cubans living in exile in the United States because they opposed the Spanish, who at that time had control of Cuba. The flag's design shares certain elements found in the American flag, including stars and stripes and the colors red, white, and blue. Before the Cuban flag was adopted on May 20, 1902, the American flag flew in Cuba beginning on Jan. 1, 1899, after the U.S. captured the country from Spain during the Spanish-American War.

2. The flag owes its existence to two very different people.
The design of the finished product came from Miguel Teurbe Tolon, a poet, and Narciso Lopez, the general leading the group of Cuban exiles. Lopez suggested that his followers adopt Tolon's design.

3. Each design element has meaning.
Flags are typically about symbolism. Shapes and colors represent intangible concepts such as freedom and liberty, and Cuba's flag is no exception. The flag is dominated by three blue stripes, representing Cuba's three military districts, and two white stripes, representing the purity of the battle for independence. On the left side of the flag sits a red triangle symbolizing strength and constancy. The white star in the middle of the triangle represents independence. This star is referred to as La Estrella Solitaria, or the white Lone Star.

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4. It made its debut a half-century before it was legally recognized.
The Cuban flag was carried in battle long before its official adoption. In fact, Lopez carried it in two battles: at Cárdenas in 1850 and Playitas in 1851. Lopez and his troops may have lost both battles, but he made history by introducing what would become Cuba's official flag.

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