Uruguay Flag Meaning & Details

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 Uruguay Flag
 Flag Information
  • nine equal horizontal stripes of white (top and bottom) alternating with blue

  • a white square in the upper hoist-side corner with a yellow sun bearing a human face known as the Sun of May with 16 rays that alternate between triangular and wavy

  • the stripes represent the nine original departments of Uruguay

  • the sun symbol evokes the legend of the sun breaking through the clouds on 25 May 1810 as independence was first declared from Spain (Uruguay subsequently won its independence from Brazil)

  • the sun features are said to represent those of Inti, the Inca god of the sun

    note: the banner was inspired by the national colors of Argentina and by the design of the US flag


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     Source: CIA - The World Factbook

 

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