Jun 24, 2012

Anguilla Republic (1967-1969)

Do you know when a historic flag is good? When it's popular until today, not for what it means historically, but for how it looks. Anguilla Republic is an example.

Until 1980, Anguilla was part of a British colonial federation called Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla. They used this flag (no, it's not the today's flag):

In 1967, Saint Christopher and Nevis gained  internal autonomy, but Anguilla continued to be administered by Saint Christopher, causing a rebellion that continued until 1969, during what Anguilla considered itself an independent republic. From this period, Anguilla used this beautiful flag:

A good flag can obtain different labels: classic, stately, precise... for it, I think it should be "cute". The dolphins instantaneously made local people fall in love, and I understand it perfectly. The main element in this flag are, of course, the dolphins forming a circle, symbolizing continuity. They're orange symbolizing endurance and strength. The white is for peace and tranquility, and turquoise blue is for the sea, but also for youth, faith and hope.

The rebellions wasn't successful because, as I said, the secession only occurred in 1980, but flag continued to be used locally and unofficially. In 1990, Anguilla finally adopted its official flag, resounding former republican flag, but you can see, until today, the "dolphins flag" (as it is gently known) flying along Anguilla.
I'll end this post with current Anguillan flag, whose badge is inspired in this pretty historic flag:

What's your feeling about Anguilla flag? Keep it on comments.


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    1. "I like it, and I think they use it officially"* that is supposed to say I think they should uses officially

  2. Unintentionally, I erased anterior comment. I'm sorry, Sammy!
    He said something like this: "I like it, and I think they should use it the same way Gibralter's is used. I don't know any reason to they and other British territories doesn't follow GIbraltar's example." Again, I'd like to sorry Sammy by the incident, I was only trying to answer him.

    About his opinion, I must give some reason to him. In ceremonial cases and at sea, it's important to show British sovereignty over the islands. But civilian have nothing to know about it. They love their unofficial flag, so, come on, let they fly it!

  3. Anguilla's revolution was successful. Anguilla not only rebelled against the statehood with St. Kitts and Nevis, but good Britain to concede after invading in 1969 and has transformed its economy and standard of living ever since. Their Revolutionary leader Ronald Webster was recently given and enviable state funeral and laid to rest on a prominent hill overlooking the island's capital in a splendid mausoleum.


Every comment is greatly welcome!