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Belize Flag

Belize Flag

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All of our printed Belize flags are produced by a process called Dye Sublimation. The system drenches each fibre of the fabric, resulting in a flag with wonderful precise colour, and vitally the design appears perfectly on each side. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.

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History of the Belize Flag

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History of the Belize Flag

Where in the world?
Trivia
Belize is the only country to have humans depicted as a major design element on its flag.
Technical Specifications
Adopted 21st September 1981
Proportion 2:3
Design A blue field with red bars both side and the Coat of Arms of Belize in the middle.
Colours PMS – Red: 186, Blue: 264, Gold: 110, Green: 356
Brief History

What is now known as Belize was originally a Maya civilisation; no flags were used at this point. Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century, but due to its lack of gold and the Maya resistance, the Spanish did not settle.

The first known European settlers were pirates and buccaneers attempting to outrun the Spanish. These ‘Baymen’ did not have any specific flags and it wasn’t until 1870 after the British colonised the land and changed it’s name to British Honduras that the first flag was created.

This was a standard British Blue Ensign with the Union Jack in the top left hand side and a badge split into three on the centre right. The three parts are the union jack, a selection of tools and a ship on the sea.  Also a flag of the British Governor was designed at this point and sometimes contained the badge in the centre that was the same as on the right hand side of the flag. Both the flag of British Honduras and the British Governor flag remained until independence in 1981.

Even though The Flag of British Honduras was still the National Flag, in 1950 an unofficial Civil Flag of Belize was created as a symbol of the need for independence. This was the inspiration for the Flag of Belize once it gained independence in 1981.

The Flag of Belize contains a version of the British colonised coat of arms, which is surrounded by fifty leaves and a mahogany tree behind it. On either side of the shield are two men of different shades of brown, one holding an axe and the other an oar. Underneath is the national motto “Under The Shade I Flourish”.

Also a new Governor-General Flag was designed that is a simple blue flag with a lion on top of a crown with Belize underneath.

Other Flags of Belize

The Belize Defence force is a dark blue, red and white satire with a mahogany tree in the centre with a rifle and axe.  The Belize Defence Force’s Air Wing replaces the red and dark blue with sky blue.

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