Puerto Rico Flag Colors, Meaning & History

Puerto Rico flag
Color Palette
Blue#0066FF0, 102, 255100, 60, 0, 0
White#FFFFFF255, 255, 2550, 0, 0, 0
Red#FF0000255, 0, 00, 100, 100, 0

The flag of Puerto Rico has five stripes alternating between red and white three stripes are red and two are white stripes. On the hoist side, there is a blue equilateral triangle with a big white star depicted on it.

Meaning of the Flag of Puerto Rico

 The star represents the commonwealth. it is also a symbol of Puerto Rican identity and pride.  The white stripe color stands for human rights and freedom. The three red stripes and the three corners of the triangle signify the legislative, executive, and judicial authorities of the government. The blue color represents the sky and the sea in the country.

History of the Flag of Puerto Rico

In the late 19th century, the Caribbean region sought to end the Spanish colonization of the area. The nationalists from Cuba and Puerto Rico were exiled to the United States. In 1895, the first flag of Puerto Rico was designed in New York. The flag was created to promote the idea of Puerto Rican independence from Spain. It included the star to show the strong relations with the United States. The alternating red and white stripes were borrowed from the flag of Cuba and reversed, which in turn was inspired by the United States flag. Although it was hoisted on different occasions, it was not an official flag and was banned at times. In 1952 when Puerto Rico became a commonwealth, the flag was officially adopted.