The nation of Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a nation
made up almost entirely of coastline. It is located on the Pacific coast
of South America, where it runs along the half western edge of the entire continent. The flag of Chile has been in use since 1817 when Chile achieved independence from Spain. The
flag of Chile has a red band covering the bottom of the flag. On the
top half of the flag are a blue square with a white 5-pointed star in
it, and a white strip that takes 2/3 of the top half. Because of the
single white star in the blue field, the flag of Chile is sometimes
called La Estrella Solitaria, or the Lone Star. The star is said to be a
guide to progress and honor, while the blue stands for the sky and the
sea. The white calls to mind the snow-covered Andes mountains, which are
on the eastern border of Chile. The red signifies the blood of those
who fought for independence. During the war for independence,
Chile used another flag—the flag of the Patria Vieja. It was in use from
1812-1814, and has three horizontal stripes of blue, white and yellow.
For a long time, this was the flag most recognized by Chileans, and is
still beloved by Chileans even two hundred years later.