The Flag of Chile

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.