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Brazil Flag

Updated on May 7, 2010

The brazilian flag is based on a green rectangle. Inside this rectangle is a large yellow rhombus centralized and within this, a blue circle. The blue circle is cut by a white band which is written with capital letters and green color the motto Ordem e Progresso (in english: Order and Progress). Inside the blue circle 27 white stars represent the 26 Brazilian States and the Federal District.

What does the Brazilian flag look like?

Brazil's Flag
Brazil's Flag

Brief history of brazilian flag

After the Proclamation of the Republic in 1889, came the need for a flag that represents the new nation. The model originally proposed by the lawyer Ruy Barbosa, a leader of the republican movement, was strongly inspired by the USA flag.

First Brazil Republic's flag. Inpired in the USA flag
First Brazil Republic's flag. Inpired in the USA flag

This flag was only used for 4 days, from November 15th to November 19th, 1889. However it was used in an important historical fact: it was displayed on the ship that led the brazilian imperial family into exile.

The current flag was inspired by the old flag of the Empire, created by Jean Baptiste Debret in 1820.

Flag of Brazil Empire
Flag of Brazil Empire

It was designed by Raimundo Teixeira Mendes and by Miguel Lemos, with design executed by Decius Vilares. The astronomer Manuel Pereira Reis was consulted for the correct distribution of stars in the blue circle. The motto "Order and Progress" is an influence of the positivism of Auguste Comte, to which Mendes and Lemos were followers.

Brazil's flag meanings

According to the law on Brazil's national symbols, the stars represent the 27 federation units (26 states plus Federal District). There is a star to each one. They should be positioned on the blue circle in accordance with the appearance of the sky in the Rio de Janeiro city at 8:30 am on November 15, 1889 – Day of Proclamation of Republic.

Despite speculations, there is no reference to the meaning of colors in brazilian flag in the law. Widespread among historians is that the green color represents the House of Braganza, of Pedro I, and the yellow the House of Habsburg, of Maria Leopoldina.

Over the years spread among the population the idea that green represents the brazilian forests, yellow the gold and riches of Brazil, blue the sky and white the peace.


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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Very interesting....I didn't know the Brazilian flags went through so many revisions! I'd love to go to Brazil someday...especially next year for the World Cup! :) voted up and interesting!

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      icecream:) 5 years ago

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      grgr 5 years ago

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      anaja 6 years ago

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