Flag of Haiti

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Flag of the Republic of Haiti

Flag of Haiti
Catherine Flon on ten gourdes note, sewing the flag
The Haitian Flag in it's current form was adopted on February 17, 1986. The first red and blue flag was sewn by Catherine Flon on May 18, 1803, during the Congress of Arcahaie, under instructions of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Dessalines is said to have asked to remove the white of the French flag, which led to the red and blue design. The coat of arms in the center carries the words: "L'Union fait la force" (transl. Unity Makes Strong). Initially the flag had the inscription: Liberté ou la Mort (Liberty or Death).

Design of the Flag

Haitian Coat of Arms
The Haitian Constitution of 1987 states in Article 3:
The emblem of the Haitian Nation shall be a flag with the following description:
a. Two (2) equal sized horizontal bands: a blue one on top and a red one underneath;
b. The coat of arms of the Republic are: a Palette surmounted by the liberty cap, and under the palms a trophy with the legend:
In Union there is Strength [L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE]

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