The flag of Mexico is made of three colors: red, white, and green. It was adopted on September 16, 1968. The law passed to officially recognize the flag on February 24, 1984. The flag is comprised of 3 bands of color with green on the left, red on the right side, and a middle filled with white. The white band has the coat of arms at the center. The Mexican coat of arms is made of an eagled perched on a nopal cactus with a snake in its beaks and talons. The history of the Mexican flag dates backs to 1821.

What Do the Flag's Colors and Symbols Mean?

Each color has its meaning, though they have changed over the years. Currently, the green stands for hope, the white stands for unity, while red symbolizes the blood of the heroes. Formerly, the red color represented the union between Europe and America, the white color represented Catholicism, and green represented independence.

Who Designed the Flag?

Tailor Jose Magdaleno Ocampo made the first flag of the Republic of Mexico for Emperor Agustín de Iturbide Empire. He is the one who brought an end to the war for independence. When the Mexican government failed to find a suitable royal to take over the throne, Agustin was made the emperor. He is the one who requested tht the tailor make the flag. The flag has been used continuously since it was first adopted.

What Have Historical Versions of the Flag Looked Like?

The first flag of Mexico dates far back to 1810 when Father Hidalgo launched the first unsuccessful fight for independence. Father Hidalgo was captured and executed and his action paved the way for others to fight. The current flag history dates to 1821 when another fight for independence started. The flag comprised of the same colors of green, white, and red but was diagonal with a crown making up the coat of arms. The flag colors have been used since 1821 with only the coat of arms changing with some new flags used. The current flag was later reintroduced. Through the years the same colors have been used but with a different coat of arms. Architect Francisco Eppens Helguera designed the current coat of arms.

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