Venezuela Flag Meaning & Details

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 Venezuela Flag
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  • three equal horizontal bands of yellow (top), blue, and red with the coat of arms on the hoist side of the yellow band and an arc of eight white five-pointed stars centered in the blue band

  • the flag retains the three equal horizontal bands and three main colors of the banner of Gran Colombia, the South American republic that broke up in 1830

  • yellow is interpreted as standing for the riches of the land, blue for the courage of its people, and red for the blood shed in attaining independence

  • the seven stars on the original flag represented the seven provinces in Venezuela that united in the war of independence

  • in 2006, President Hugo CHAVEZ ordered an eighth star added to the star arc - a decision that sparked much controversy - to conform with the flag proclaimed by Simon Bolivar in 1827 and to represent the province of Guayana


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     Source: CIA - The World Factbook

 

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