Last modified: 2005-07-09 by rob raeside
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A broad yellow diagonal between two blue wedges, carrying two stylistic sweeps of red, one vaguely shaped like South and Central America, the other a crescent shape to the upper right. Behind is a green circle, with two series of 18 and 2 stars. In the lower left is blue disk with a white shape on it.
The flag was developed as a result of a competition on the internet. The
common definition of Latin America is the 16 countries in the Americas that
speak Spanish plus Brazil and Haiti (see, for instance, at
http://www2.truman.edu/~marc/resources/terms.htmll ). Or, alternatively, all
the independent countries in Central and South America and in the Caribbean that
have a Latin language as official language. The problem with this flag is that
it has to be changed if some other Latin-speaking territory becomes independent
in that geographic area. It could happen, namely with the French possessions.
Jorge Candeias, 11 May 2005
The Unión Latinoamerican itself seems to regard 21 entities as comprising it-
see the flags at their webpage at
http://www.latinoamerica.org/pla/paises.htm - the 18 independent
Spanish-speaking Western Hemisphere nations, plus Puerto Rico, and Brazil and
Ned Smith, 11 May 2005
There is no symbolism attached by the author to the position of the stars,
only to their quantity.
Jorge Candeias, 12 May 2005