The Flag of Puerto Rico

The flag of Puerto Rico consists of five equal horizontal bands of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; a blue equilateral triangle based on the hoist side bears a large, white, five-pointed star in the center. The flag's design is similar to the Cuban flag, reflecting Puerto Rico's desire for independence and solidarity with Cuba against Spanish colonial rule.

The Flag of Puerto Rico

History

The flag of Puerto Rico was first introduced on December 22, 1895, by a group of Puerto Rican revolutionaries in New York City, who were advocating for the island's independence from Spanish rule. The design was meant to symbolize the island's revolutionary spirit and its solidarity with Cuba, which had a similar flag design. The flag was used during the short-lived Puerto Rican revolt against Spain in 1868, known as the Grito de Lares. After Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States following the Spanish-American War in 1898, the flag was not officially recognized. It was later adopted as the official flag of Puerto Rico on July 24, 1952, when the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was established. The shade of blue in the flag has varied over time, from a light sky blue to a darker navy blue, with the current shade being a subject of debate among Puerto Ricans.