Dominican Republic National Flag

Jan 19th, 2019


The Dominican Republic is on the east side of Hispaniola island, the remainder of the island is occupied by Haiti. It bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south and consists of 18,792 square miles. The city of Santo Domingo serves as the country’s capital. In 1821, the Dominican Republic declared independence from Spain and was annexed by Haiti in 1822. The country did not gain independence until it won the Dominican War of Independence in 1844 but did not completely abolish Spanish rule until the end of the Dominican War of Restoration in 1865. Since 1996, the country has been governed as a unitary presidential republic.


A national Dominican Republic flag was not adopted until 1908. How it was chosen is not known, but it is known that it was designed by Juan Pablo Duarte. He was one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic. The flag field is quartered by a white cross and features the national coat of arms in the center.


The meanings assigned to the design include the following:


*     Blue: Liberty

*     Red: The blood of heroes

*     White: Salvation


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