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Mexican Flag
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Mexican Flag

Catalog #: 10841    
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 46" H x 72" W

Physical Description

Green, white and red strips.

Specific History

Mexican flag is full of national symbolism. The green strip represents the Independence Movement. The white stripe represents the purity of the Catholic faith. The red stripe represents the Spaniards that joined in the quest for Independence and the blood of the national heroes. The emblem-shield symbolizes the Aztec heritage. According to legend, the gods had advised the Aztecs that the place where they should establish their city was to be identified when they saw an eagle, perched on a prickly pear tree, devouring a serpent. They saw this mythical eagle on a marshy lake that is now the main plaza in Mexico City. This flag was created in 1821, when the Independence movement had ended victoriously.


Country: Mexico
War: Mexican War
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