Belizean Flag

The flag of Belize was adopted upon the country’s achievement of independence from Great Britain in 1981. However, the basis of the current flag was actually designed when the country first began its fight for independence, around 1950, when it was still known as British Honduras.

The flag is composed of a national emblem in the middle of a blue background. The red stripes, on the top and bottom, were added to the 1950 version after the country’s independence. The coat of arms depicts two workers standing in the shade of a mahogany tree, with the first one holding an oar and the second one an ax. Below them, a ribbon with an inscription reads: “Sub umbra floreo” (or, “in the shadow, flourish”), in clear reference to the country’s colonial past.

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