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Cuban flag

FEB 10
February is looking like it will feature a lot of posts about Cuba. Cuba and its capital Havana is an amazing place, both in its history and its visual qualities. Almost every corner has something truly interesting for someone like me. I'll begin with the Cuban flag.

Cuban flag

The flag of Cuba was adopted on May 20, 1902 and was designed in 1848 for the liberation movement, which sought independence from Spain. The flag was briefly hoisted in 1850 at Cardenas but was not officially adopted until 1902, when independence was granted by the United States.

The Cuban flag was created by Narciso López in 1849, and put together by Emilia Teurbe Tolón. His design incorporates three blue stripes, representing the three parts that the country was divided during the independence wars, central, occidental, and oriental areas of the country, and two white stripes symbolizing the purity of the patriotic cause. The red triangle (triangle of masonic significance) stands for the blood shed to free the nation, which is placed where the star is, symbolizing the sky turned red from the blood shed in battle. The white star in the triangle stands for independence.

I took the photograph above while on holiday in Cuba. It flew on the El Capitolio in the centre of Havana. El Capitolio, or the National Capitol Building, was the seat of government in Cuba until after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, and is now home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. Its design and name recall the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., but it is only superficially similar.