Flag of Bahamas

Flag of Bahamas
Country Bahamas
Population 412,623 (2023)
Area (Km²) 10,010
Сontinent North America
Emoji 🇧🇸
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#00A9CE 0, 169, 206
#000000 0, 0, 0
#FDDA25 253, 218, 37

The flag consists of a black equilateral triangle on the hoist side and three horizontal stripes of equal size: a yellow stripe in the middle and two aquamarine stripes above and below it. The flag of the Bahamas was adopted on July 10, 1973.

Meaning of the flag of the Bahamas

  • The golden stripe symbolizes the sun, sand, and wealth of natural resources;
  • The aquamarine stripes represent the turquoise ocean;
  • The black triangle symbolizes the strength and power of the Bahamians. 

This flag reflects the richness of the islands' culture and natural resources, as well as the character and spirit of the people.

History of the Bahamas flag

The Bahamas became a British colony in 1717 and used a flag with the Union Jack in the canton on a blue background and the emblem of the crown colony. From 1869 to 1964, the coat of arms remained unchanged and featured an image of a British ship chasing two pirate vessels on the high seas, with the motto "Expulsis piratis restituta commercia" around the image, meaning "Pirates driven out, trade restored".

Flag emblem of the Bahamas

In 1964, the emblem was changed to give it a more realistic appearance. After elections in 1972, the territory began negotiations for independence. The flag of the Bahamas was a symbol of the expulsion of pirates. The emblem was not officially approved until 1964. 

History of the Bahamas flag

Instead of choosing a single winning design for the new flag, it was decided to create a combination of different elements from various proposed options. The new flag was raised on July 10, 1973, when the Bahamas became an independent country. After gaining independence, the country changed its name from the "Crown Colony of the Bahamas" to the Bahamas.