Uruguay Flag

Uruguay Flag

 

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The Flag of Uruguay - Description of the Uruguay Flag
  • As the above picture of the Uruguay Flag indicates the overall background is White and Sky Blue
  • The Uruguay Flag is described as follows:
    • Nine equal horizontal stripes of white (top and bottom) alternating with bluet
    • There is a white square in the upper hoist-side corner with a yellow sun bearing a human face known as the Sun of May and 16 rays alternately triangular and wavy
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Uruguay flag represent the following:
    • White - peace and honesty
    • Blue - the sky and blue coastal water - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
 

 
 
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Uruguay flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1 times the height )
  • The Meaning & History of the Uruguay Flag - The official name of this country since the second constitution of 1917 is "Republica Oriental del Uruguay" meaning the republic east side or the Uruguay River
  • The flag of Uruguay was officially adopted on July 11, 1830
 

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
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Uruguay Flag Etiquette
  • Uruguay Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Uruguay as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Uruguay
    • State Flag of Uruguay
    • Military Flag of Uruguay (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Uruguay
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Uruguay Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Uruguay should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Uruguay flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Uruguay should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Uruguay flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Uruguay, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
 
Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating anew flag
 
 
Terminology & Etiquette in Uruguay Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Uruguay flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Uruguay flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Uruguay flag to the top, then lowering the Uruguay Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Uruguay flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Uruguay flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Uruguay flag
  • The Uruguay flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Uruguay flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Uruguay flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Uruguay Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Uruguay Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource
 

National Flags of the World Map

Uruguay

Location: Southern South America,
bordering the South Atlantic
Ocean, between Argentina
and Brazil

 
 

Uruguay

  • Land Size of Uruguay : 173,620 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Uruguay : warm temperate; freezing temperatures almost unknown
  • Uruguay Population : 3,399,237 (July 2004 est.)
  • Uruguay Capital City: Montevideo
  • Uruguay GDP: $42.94 billion (2003 est.)
  • Main Industries : food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, textiles, chemicals, beverages
  • Agricultural products : rice, wheat, corn, barley; livestock; fish
  • Uruguay Currency : Uruguayan peso (UYU)
  • Main Colors of the Uruguay Flag : White and Blue
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Uraguay
 
South America - Concise History of the  Mesoamerican civilisations
  • Mesoamericans were the ancient civilisations of South America which is now divided into 12 independent countries consisting of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela
  • The diverse civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica included the Olmecs, Toltecs, Aztecs, Incas and Mayans
  • 5000-1200 BC
    The Ancestors of the people of South America were believed to have been nomadic Asian hunter-gatherers who crossed over the frozen Bering Strait and into North America. From there they traveled to the lands of South America and were the descendents of the great Mesoamerican civilisations and established corn cultivation, pottery and the use of stone tools
  • The Olmecs - 1200 BC- 300 AD
    The Olmecs were the first true civilisation of South America and ancestors of later cultures
 
 
  • The Mayan Civilisation - 300 - 1500'sThe Mayans empire covered Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. The Mayans developed astronomy and hieroglyphic writing
  • The Toltec Civilisation - 900's - 1100's
    The Toltecs ruled Mexico and Guatemala from the 10th to the 12th century
  • The Aztec Civilisation - 1100'S- 1500'S
    The Aztecs' rose to power in Mexico during the 12th and 13th centuries and remained in control until the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th Century
  • The Inca Civilisation - 1438 - 1535
    The empire of the Incas covered Peru, Bolivia, northern Argentina, Chile, and Ecuador. The amazing rise of the Incas was achieved in less than one hundred years and covered an area of nearly 400,000 square miles
  • The Spanish conquistadors - 1535
    The later civilisations of South America abruptly ended in 1535 when the Spanish conquistadors seized control
 
Concise History of Uruguay & its Flag
  • The Arawak and Taino Indians first inhabited Uruguay
  • The Arawaks were tropical forest people who probably originated in South America and were related the people found anywhere from Panama to Brazil
  • The Arawaks were progressively wiped out by the after-effects of the Spanish conquest
  • 1516 Juan Diaz de Solis became the first European to land in Uruguay
  • 1500s Spanish colonists began to arrive in Uruguay
  • 1600s-1700s Spanish and Portuguese settlers colonized Uruguay
  • 1726 Spanish found Montevideo and take over Uruguay from the Portuguese
  • 1776 Spain encompassed all of its territories in south-east South America to create one large colony called the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata
  • 1777 Spanish colonists attacked Colonia to drive out the Portuguese
  • 1810 - Overthrow of the king of Spain by Napoleon
 
 
  • 1812-20 - Orientales, or Uruguayans from fight against Argentinian and Brazilian invaders
  • 1800s Jose Gervasio Artigas organized an army to fight for independence from Spain
  • 1811 Artigas laid siege to Montevideo
  • 1814 Montevideo surrendered ending the control of Spain over Uruguay
  • 1816 Portuguese troops attack Uruguayans
  • 1825 A group of Uruguayan patriots revolt against Brazil
  • Argentina supported the patriots in their fight against Brazil
  • 1828 The British intervened in the conflict between Uruguay and Brazil
  • 1828 Uruguay became an independent nation
  • 1830 Uruguay adopted its first constitution and Jose Fructuoso Rivera became the first president of Uruguay
  • 1800s - 1900s Italian immigrants began to settle in Uruguay
 

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