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Flag of Mauritius

The modern flag of Mauritius follows after a long line of colonial flags. The history of the Mauritius flag is longer than that of many other African flags due to the nation's long history as a center of trade and the number of nations that claimed the island during the colonial period. People who buy Mauritius flag are purchasing a symbol of the nation that maintains only subtle links to the country's colonial flag, which mirrors the subtle connections that the nation's modern culture has to each of its historical colonial rulers.

  • Capital of Mauritius: Port Louis
  • Area of Mauritius: 2,030 sq. km
  • Languages used in Mauritius: Creole, Bhojpuri, French (official)
  • Religions in Mauritius: Hindu, Roman Catholic, other Christian, Muslim

Colors and Symbolism of the Mauritius Flag

The flag of Mauritius is made up of four horizontal stripes of red, blue, gold, and green. The red stripe represents the blood that the people of Mauritius shed during the colonial period, while the blue stripe stands for the Indian Ocean. The golden stripe represents the sun that shines over the nation and the bright future that has been made possible by its independence. The green stripe represents the rich and unique plant life that can be found within the country's borders.

History of the Flag of Mauritius

The first Mauritius flag was the flag of the Dutch East India Company. It flew over the the island of Mauritius from 1638 to 1710, at which point it fell out of use because the Dutch colonists chose to abandon the island. The French government established a colony five years later in order to use it to support their trading network. The colony initially flew the royal banner, but it was replaced by the national flag of France in 1792.

The British Empire seized control over Mauritius in 1810, but the island did not immediately begin to use British flags. Mauritius gained a colonial flag that consisted of a British blue ensign with the Union Jack in the canton and the colonial seal in the fly in 1869. The seal was changed in 1906 and again in 1923, which led to the adoption of a new flag on both occasions. That flag was replaced when the nation gained its independence. The modern flag came into use in 1968, and the fact that it has never changed means it is still possible to buy Mauritius flag that is identical to the first flag to represent it as an independent nation.