Bolivian Flag

Bolivian Flag



The Flag of Bolivia - Description of the Bolivian Flag
  • As the above picture of the Bolivian Flag indicates the background is tri-color - Red, yellow and green
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Bolivian flag represent the following:
    • Yellow - a symbol of generosity
    • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
    • Green - hope, joy and love and in many cultures have a sacred significance
  • The basic style shown in the picture of the Bolivian flag is described 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 Bolivian flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1 times the height )
  • The emblem on the Bolivian flag pictures the Bolivian coat of arms which depicts a crest surrounded by Bolivian flags, muskets, olive branches, and has an Andean condor on top
  • The Meaning & History of the Bolivian Flag - The Bolivian coat of arms shows a mountain and plains which represents the geography of the country. A llama is also shown representing the national animal
  • The crossed muskets symbolize the struggle for independence
  • The olive branches symbolize peace
  • The eagle symbolizes liberty

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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
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Bolivian Flag Etiquette
  • Bolivian 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 Bolivian as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Bolivian
    • State Flag of Bolivian
    • Military Flag of Bolivian (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Bolivian
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Bolivian Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Bolivian 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 Bolivian flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Bolivian should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Bolivian flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Bolivian, 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
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 new flag
  • Bolivian Land Size: 1,084,390 sq km
  • Bolivian Climate / Weather : varies with altitude; humid and tropical to cold and semiarid
  • Bolivian Population : 8,724,156 (July 2004 est.)
  • Former Name(s) : n/a
  • Bolivian Capital City: La Paz (seat of government); Sucre (legal capital and seat of judiciary)
  • Bolivian GDP: $20.88 billion (2003 est.)
  • Bolivian Main Industries : mining, smelting, petroleum, food and beverages, tobacco, handicrafts, clothing
  • Bolivian Agricultural products : soybeans, coffee, coca, cotton, corn, sugarcane, rice, potatoes; timber
  • Bolivian Currency : boliviano (BOB)
  • Main Colors of the Bolivian Flag : red, yellow and green

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Location: Central South America,
Southwest of Brazil

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 were believed to have been nomadic Asian hunter-gatherers who crossed over the frozen Bering Strait and into North America. From there they traveled to the lands of South America and were the descendents of the great Mesoamerican civilisations and established corn cultivation, pottery and stone tools
  • The Olmecs - 1200 BC- 300 AD
    The Olmecs were the first true civilisation of South America and ancestors of 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 - 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 Bolivia & its Flag
  • 1545 The Spanish conquer Bolivia
  • 1561 Santa Cruz was founded by the Spaniard Nuflo de Chavez
  • 1810 - Overthrow of the king of Spain by Napoleon
  • 1819 General Simon Bolivar defeats Bolivian royalist forces in the Battle of Boyaca on August 7 and the Republic of Colombia (also known as Gran Colombia) is proclaimed on December 17, consisting of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador
  • 1825 Bolivia declared its independence from Peru liberated by Simon Bolivar, for whom the Bolivian nation was later named
  • 1907 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid went to Bolivia where they were gunned down by Bolivian soldiers after robbing a mine
  • 1928 Oil was discovered in the foothills of the Andes at the western Bolivian region of the Chaco
  • 1932-1935 The Chaco War with Paraguay - ironically it was discovered that there was no oil after all
  • 1942 Jun 7, Victor Paz Estensorro founded the National Revolutionary Movement
  • 1952-1956 Victor Paz Estensorro founder of the National Revolutionary Movement served his first of four terms as Bolivian president
  • Latin American guerrilla leader Jan, Ernesto "Che" Guevara began organizing the National Liberation Army in Bolivia
  • 1967 Oct 9, Che Guevara was executed while attempting to incite revolution in Bolivia
  • 1971-1978 Colonel Hugo Banzer Suarez ruled Bolivia as the military dictator
  • 1982-1985 Hernan Siles Zuazo (1913-1996) became Bolivian president again and restored democracy after 18 years of military rule
  • 2001 Jun 7, Former president Victor Paz Estensorro, founder of the National Revolutionary Movement, died at the age of 93
The Bolivian Flag and Nation

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