Bahamas Flag

Bahamas Flag



Flag of Bahamas - Description of the Bahamas Flag
  • As the above picture of the Bahamas Flag indicates the overall colors are aquamarine blue , gold and black
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The meaning of the colors on the Bahamas flag represent the following:
    • Gold - the sands of the nation
    • Blue - the waters that surround the Bahamas
    • Black - the black triangle stands for unity
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

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

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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Bahamas Flag Etiquette
  • Bahamas 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 Bahamas as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Bahamas
    • State Flag of Bahamas
    • Military Flag of Bahamas (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Bahamas
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Bahamas Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Bahamas 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 Bahamas flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Bahamas should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Bahamas flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Bahamas, 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 Bahamas Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Bahamas flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Bahamas flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Bahamas flag to the top, then lowering the Bahamas Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Bahamas flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Bahamas flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Bahamas flag
  • The Bahamas 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
  • Land Size of Bahamas : 13,940 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Bahamas : tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream
  • Population of Bahamas : 299,800
  • Former Name(s) : N/A
  • Capital City of Bahamas : Nassau
  • GDP of Bahamas : $5.099 billion (2003 est.)
  • Main Industries :  tourism, banking, e-commerce, cement, oil refining and transshipment, salt, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals, spiral-welded steel pipe
  • Currency of Bahamas : Bahamian dollar (BSD)
  • Agricultural products : citrus, vegetables; poultry
  • Main Colors of Bahamas Flag : blue , gold and black

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Location: Caribbean, chain of islands
in the North Atlantic Ocean,
southeast of Florida,
northeast of Cuba

Concise History of the Bahamas & its Flag
  • The Ciboney, Arawak and the Carib Indians first inhabited the islands
  • The Caribs and the Arawaks were tropical forest people who probably originated in South America and were related the people found anywhere from Panama to Brazil
  • Not discovered by Europeans until 1492 when Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World
  • Before the arrival of the Spanish the Carib males had a justified reputation as the most feared warriors of the Caribbean
  • The Caribs and the Arawaks were progressively wiped out by the after-effects of the Spanish conquest, with the more peaceful Arawak tribes suffering the greater losses
  • The British settled on the islands in the 17th century
  • It was made a British colony in 1783
  • 1914 - 1918 WW1
  • 1939 - 1945 WW11
  • August 1945 The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Arawakan and Cariban words such as avocado, barbecue, buccaneer, canoe, cannibal, hurricane, iguana and maize have become part of the English language
  • The Bahamas became independent in 1973
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