Dominican Republic Flag

Dominican Republic


The Flag of Dominican Republic - Description of the Dominican Republic Flag
  • As the above picture of the Dominican Republic Flag indicates the background is Red white and blue
  • Description of the Dominican Republic Flag is as follows:
    • A centered white cross that extends to the edges divides the flag into four rectangles - the top ones are blue (hoist side) and red, and the bottom ones are red (hoist side) and blue
    • A small coat of arms featuring a shield supported by an olive branch (left) and a palm branch (right) is at the center of the cross
    • Above the shield a blue ribbon displays the motto, DIOS, PATRIA, LIBERTAD (God, Fatherland, Liberty), and below the shield, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA appears on a red ribbon

  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Dominican Republic flag represent the following:
    • White - peace and honesty
    • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
    • Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The emblem on the Dominican Republic flag pictures the Dominican Republic Coat of Arms
  • The Meaning & History of the Dominican Republic Flag
    • Haiti and the Dominican Republic comprise the Island of Hispaniola
    • The Dominican Republic was briefly occupied by Haiti (1820-44)
    • The flag was designed by the leader of the Trinitarians who altered the layout of the blue and red of the Haitian flag and placed a large white cross over it to symbolize faith
  • The Dominican Republic Coat of Arms emblem depicts an open bible, a cross of gold, four Dominican flags and two spears, there are branches of olive and palm around the shield
  • The Dominican Republic Flag was adopted November 6, 1844

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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
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Dominican Republic Flag Etiquette
  • Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Dominican Republic
    • State Flag of Dominican Republic
    • Military Flag of Dominican Republic (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Dominican Republic
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Dominican Republic Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Dominican Republic should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Dominican Republic flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Dominican Republic, 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
Terminology & Etiquette in Dominican Republic Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Dominican Republic flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Dominican Republic flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Dominican Republic flag to the top, then lowering the Dominican Republic Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Dominican Republic flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Dominican Republic flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Dominican Republic flag
  • The Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource.

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Location: Caribbean, eastern two-thirds
of the island of Hispaniola, between
the Caribbean Sea and the
North Atlantic Ocean,
east of Haiti

Dominican Republic
  • Land Size of Dominican Republic : land: 48,380 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Dominican Republic : tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation; seasonal variation in rainfall
  • Dominican Republic Population : 8,833,634 (July 2004 est.)
  • Former Name(s) : n/a
  • Dominican Republic Capital City: Santo Domingo
  • Dominican Republic GDP: $52.16 billion (2003 est.)
  • Main Industries : tourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles, cement, tobacco
  • Agricultural products : sugarcane, coffee, cotton, cocoa, tobacco, rice, beans, potatoes, corn, bananas; cattle, pigs, dairy products, beef, eggs
  • Dominican Republic Currency : Dominican peso (DOP)
  • Main Colors of the Dominican Republic Flag : blue, red and white
Concise History of Dominican Republic & its Flag
  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus visits the island, which he names Hispaniola ( translates as Little Spain)
  • 1496 - Spaniards set up first Spanish colony and Santo Domingo was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus  which subsequently served as the capital of all Spanish colonies in South America
  • 1510 The first shipment of Africans to Santo Domingo
  • 1515 The indigenous Taino Indians were practically annihilated due to continuos clashes and rebellion against the Spanish
  • 1586 January 1, Francis Drake attacked the heavily fortified city of Santo Domingo in Hispanola and forced the governor to pay a large ransom
  • 1697 - Treaty of Ryswick gives Haiti to France and the present Dominican Republic to Spain.
  • 1793 The first British soldiers came ashore at St. Domingue
  • 1795 - Spain cedes its portion of Hispaniola island to France
  • 1808 - Spain retakes Santo Domingo following revolt by Spanish Creoles
  • 1810 - Overthrow of the king of Spain by Napoleon
  • 1822 - Haitian Republic is born
  • 1844 Feb 27 - Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti. Santo Domingo declares its independence and becomes the Dominican Republic
  • 1916-24 - US forces occupy the Dominican Republic following internal disorder
  • 1924 - Constitutional government assumes control and the US forces withdraw
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