The current flag of Puerto Rico was officially adopted in 1922.
The flag is similar to the flag of Cuba, as both were designed at the same time. The red stripes are symbolic of the "blood" that nourishes the three branches of its government; Legislative, Executive and Judiciary.
The white stripes represent individual liberty and the rights that keep the government in balance. The blue triangle stands for the "Republican Government", represented by the three branches, and the white Lone Star represents "The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico."
Puerto Rico Coat of Arms:
Puerto Rico's coat of arms was adopted on June 3, 1976. The green background of the shield represents the vegetation of the island, and the Lamb of God and cross flag are associated with the patron saint of the island - St. John the Baptist. The book the lamb rests upon is symbolic of the Book of Revelations.
The shield is bordered by 16 different elements: the castles and lions represent the Kingdom of Castile and Leon, and the cross of Jerusalem for the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
To the left of the shield, a golden crowned 'F' represents Ferdinand II of Aragon. To the right, a golden crowned 'Y' represents Ysabel (Isabella I of Castile).
Underneath the shield Puerto Rico's motto is displayed in Latin, a quotation from the Vulgate of Luke 1:63, which means "John is his name." This refers to St. John the Baptist.
Puerto Rico's Information
|Land Area||8,870 km2|
|Water Area||4,921 km2|
|Government Type||Presidential Democracy; A Self-governing Commonwealth In Political Association With The US|
|GDP (PPP)||$131.00 Billion|
|GDP Per Capita||$37,700|
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