National Flag of Pitcairn

Country: Pitcairn

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Pitcairn Island Flag Description:
The flag of Pitcairn Island consists of a dark blue base with the British Union Jack flag in the top left quarter. Situated in the middle of the right hand side of the flag is the island's coat of arms.

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Pitcairn Island Flag Meaning:
The Union Jack represents the country's link to Great Britain. The shield of the island's coat of arms shows the anchor and bible from HMS Bounty. The anchor represents the nation's maritime history and the bible represents its Christian heritage and the religious community that evolved from it. The divided shield represents the island (green) rising out of the Pacific Ocean (blue). The wheelbarrow and plant on the shield represent the country's agriculture and land.

Pitcairn Island Flag History:
The Pitcairn Island flag was adopted on April 2, 1984. The flag's design was suggested by the Pitcairn Island Council in 1980 and was approved by HM The Queen in April 1984. The country is an Overseas Dependency of Great Britain and was named after the son of Major Pitcairn who was a marine on board HMS Swallow and first sighted the island in 1767. In 1790, the mutineers of HMS Bounty and their Tahitian companions settled Pitcairn Island after sailing the Pacific Ocean looking for a safe haven. The country's coat of arms was approved in 1969, and reflects the island's historical link to the Bounty's mutineers.

Interesting Pitcairn Island Flag Facts:
There aren't too many Pitcairn Island flags in the world, as the population of the country is only about 50 people. It's the least populated country in the world. In 1937 Pitcairn Island had its highest population with 233 people. Pitcairn Island is famous because of the book and films about the Mutiny on the Bounty. The mutineers settled in Pitcairn Island. The wreckage of the ship Bounty can still be seen underwater in Bounty Bay.

The Pitcairn Islands are a group of five islands but only one is inhabited.

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