The Flag of The Dominican Republic

The flag of the Dominican Republic features a centered white cross that extends to the edges, dividing the flag into four rectangles: the top ones are blue (hoist side) and red, and the bottom ones are red (hoist side) and blue. At the center of the cross is the country's coat of arms. The blue symbolizes liberty, the white salvation, and the red the blood of heroes.

The Flag of The Dominican Republic

History

The flag of the Dominican Republic was designed by Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the founding fathers of the country, and was first adopted in 1844 when the country gained independence from Haiti. It is unique among national flags for its use of a heraldic coat of arms in the center for national flags not belonging to a monarchic country. The current version of the flag, with the coat of arms, was officially adopted in 1908, but the basic design has been in use since the 19th century. The design of the flag has remained relatively unchanged since its first adoption, symbolizing the enduring nature of the Dominican Republic's founding ideals.