The archipelago of Seychelles is an independent nation in the Indian Ocean. The country has a population of only 94,228 people, the smallest population of any African nation.
A Brief History of Seychelles
The islands of Seychelles were uninhabited for a long period of time. Europeans first recorded sightings of these islands in 1502. The first landing here was recorded in January 1609 as part of a voyage of the British East India Company. The islands were under the control of pirates for a long time. The lucrative trade along the sea route near the islands attracted the pirates to settle here. However, they were driven out in 1756 by the French who started to take control of the islands. Later, the British also started exerting their influence on the islands. In 1903, Seychelles became a crown colony of the British. The country attained independence from foreign rule in 1976.
History of the Flag of Seychelles
Right after independence, on June 29, 1976, the original flag of Seychelles was adopted. By coincidence, the flag which features blue and red triangles alternately was nearly identical to that used by an Australian company. A year later, this flag was abolished and the flag used by the Seychelles People's United Party (SPUP) was instead used as the national flag of Seychelles. However, when the party lost a majority in the elections, there was widespread protest regarding the use of the party’s flag as the national flag. Thus, there was the need for a new design for the national flag of Seychelles. The new flag was adopted on January 8, 1996. The newly designed flag features the colors used by the two biggest political parties of the country, the Seychelles Democratic Party, and the former SPUP.
Design and Colors of the Flag
The flag of Seychelles features five different colored bands. All of these bands start at the lower corner of the flag towards the hoist side and then diverge as the move towards the other end. The five oblique bands of the flag are green, white, red, yellow, and blue. The five colors have their own symbolic meanings. The oblique bands represent the dynamism with which the country is moving into the future. The blue color symbolizes the sea and the sky surrounding the islands of Seychelles. The yellow color represents the sun and its power to sustain life on Earth. The red color is for the determination and courage of the people of Seychelles who work in unity to ensure a bright future for the country. The white is a symbol of harmony and social justice. Finally, the green color of the national flag represents the natural environment and land of Seychelles.
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