Argentina Flag

Argentina Flag



Flag of Argentina - Description of the Argentina Flag

  • As the above picture of the Argentina Flag indicates the background is bi-color - Light Blue and white
  • The national flag of Argentina consists of three equal horizontal bands of light blue (top), white (centre) and light blue (bottom) The emblem featured on the white band is a yellow sun with a human face known as the Sun of May
  • Much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Argentina flag represent the following:
    • White - peace and honesty
    • Blue - represents many elements including vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice. On the Argentinean flag the sky blue color compliments the sun emblem

  • The basic style shown in the picture of the Argentina flag is described as  Emblem -reflecting the central design of the flag pattern
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Argentina flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1 times the height )
  • The Meaning & History of the Argentina Flag - The Argentina emblem depicts the Sun of May which, according to tradition, was created by General Belgrano when he looked at the sky just before the Battle of Parana

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
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Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating a modern flag
Argentina Flag Etiquette
  • Argentina Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Argentina as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Argentina
    • State Flag of Argentina
    • Military Flag of Argentina (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Argentina
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Argentina Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Argentina should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Argentina flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Argentina should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Argentina flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Argentina, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
Terminology & Etiquette in Argentina Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Argentina flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Argentina flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Argentina flag to the top, then lowering the Argentina Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Argentina flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Argentina flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Argentina flag
  • The Argentina flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Argentina flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Argentina flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Argentina Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Argentina Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource.

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Location: Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean,
between Chile and Uruguay

  • Land Size of Argentina : 2,736,690 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Argentina : mostly temperate; arid in southeast; sub-antarctic in southwest
  • Population of Argentina : 39,144,753 (July 2004 est.)
  • Former Name(s) : N/A
  • Capital City of Argentina : Buenos Aires
  • GDP of Argentina : $432.7 billion (2003 est.)
  • Main Industries : food processing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, steel
  • Agricultural products : sunflower seeds, lemons, soybeans, grapes, corn, tobacco, peanuts, tea, wheat; livestock
  • Currency of Argentina : Argentine peso (ARS)
  • Main Colors of Argentina Flag : Blue and White
  • Argentina is Commonly mis-spelt as Argentena
South America - Concise History of the  Mesoamerican civilisations
  • Mesoamericans were the ancient civilisations of South America which is now divided into 12 independent countries consisting of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela
  • The diverse civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica included the Olmecs, Toltecs, Aztecs, Incas and
  •  Mayans
  • 5000-1200 BC
    The Ancestors of the people of South America and Argentina were believed to have been nomadic Asian hunter-gatherers who crossed over the frozen Bering Strait and into North America. From there they travelled to the lands of South America and were the descendents of the great Mesoamerican civilisations and established corn cultivation, pottery and the use of stone tools
  • The Olmecs - 1200 BC- 300 AD
    The Olmecs were the first true civilisation of South America and Argentina and were the ancestors of the later cultures
  • The Mayan Civilisation 300 - 1500's
    The Mayans empire covered Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. The Mayans developed astronomy and hieroglyphic writing
  • The Toltec Civilisation - 900's - 1100's
    The Toltecs ruled Mexico and Guatemala from the 10th to the 12th century
  • The Aztec Civilisation - 1100'S- 1500'S
    The Aztecs' rose to power in Mexico during the 12th and 13th centuries and remained in control until the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th Century
  • The Inca Civilisation in Argentina - 1438 - 1535
    The empire of the Incas covered Peru, Bolivia, northern Argentina, Chile, and Ecuador. The amazing rise of the Incas was achieved in less than one hundred years and covered an area of nearly 400,000 square miles
  • The Spanish conquistadors - 1535
    The later civilisations of South America abruptly ended in 1535 when the Spanish conquistadors seized control
Concise History of Argentina & its Flag
  • 1516 Juan Diaz de Solis became the first European to enter Argentina in search of gold. Many of the indigenous population of Argentina were killed by the diseases brought over by the Europeans
  • 1580 Buenos Aires was established
  • 1680 The Portuguese established a trading post across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires
  • 1776 Spain encompassed all of its territories in south-east South America to create one large colony called the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata
  • 1810 - Overthrow of the king of Spain by Napoleon
  • 1812 Jose de San Martin led the Argentina fight against Spain for Independence
  • 9 July 1816 - The provinces of Argentines officially declared their independence from Spain
  • 1853 Argentina became a republic after adopting a constitution
  • 1859 Buenos Aires refused to become part of the country of Argentina and set up their own independent state. It was defeated by General Bartolome Mitre
  • 1943 Juan Peron rose to power
  • October 22, 1945 Juan Peron and Eva Marie Duarte ( Evita ) married
  • 1947 Juan Peron elected President and Evita assumed the role of First Lady of Argentina
  • July 26 1952 - Evita died of cancer
  • 1955 The army and navy rebelled and Juan Peron fled the country
  • 1956 The Constitution of 1853 was restored
  • 1960 Peron married Isabel Martinez
  • 1973 - 1974 Juan Peron elected President of Argentina
  • 1974 Peron died. His wife, Isabel, had been the vice president became the president
  • March 24, 1976 Isabel Peron was deposed by a military coup and exiled
  • April 1982 The Falklands War started with the United Kingdom
  • 14 June 1982 Argentina surrendered and General Galtieri was removed from office
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