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Transcript: kszpreng@beaconschool.org By : Afcadorie Souffrant Blue And Red For Indepenace: The history of the Haitian Flag Intresting Facts The History When was the HaItian Flag Created ? The Haitian flag came to be on May 18th, 1803 on the last day of the Congress of Arcahaie. It was said to be created by Jean-Jacques Dessaline. Haitian lore also states that Dessaline created the flag by taking the French tricolor flag and ripping out the white center, which he discarded. He then asked Catherine Flon, his god-daughter, to sew the remaining bands together. May 18th today is celebrated as the Haitian flag day, celebrating the heritage of the people. The First Haitian Flag (1803) The Meaning of the colors The first flag having only the two colors blue and red represent the people. The blue of the flag represents the unity of the blacks while the red represents the mulattoes against the whites. The Evolution Of the Flag The first flag of the Republic. The generals of the revolution decided to change the flag so that the bands are horizontal. (1804) Flag of the First Empire, used by Jean-Jacques Dessalines who proclaimed himself Emperor under the name of Jacques I. He adopted a new flag on 20 May 1805: the blue band was changed to black to symbolize death (black) and freedom (red). ( 1804-1806) Flag of the Northern State, used by President Henri Christophe, who adopted the bicolors from the flag of the Haitian Revolution. (1806-1811) (1811-1814) Flag Of the Kingdom Of Haiti (1814-1820) Flag of the Kingdom Of Haiti 1849–1859 Flag of the Second Empire of Haiti Flag of Haiti used by the Duvaliers (1946-1986) The Present Day Flag The bicolor flag of 1804, reverted to use by Alexandre Pétion to represent the Republic, while also adopting the coat of arms at the center with the inscription, L'union fait la force (unity makes strength). (1986-2019) According to the Constitution of Haiti, a Haitian citizen is: Anyone, regardless of where they are born, is considered Haitian if either their mother or father is a native-born citizen of Haiti. A person born in Haiti could automatically receive citizenship. The name Haiti (or Hayti) comes from the indigenous Taíno language which was the native name given to the entire island of Hispaniola to mean, "land of high mountains." HTG (Haitian Gourde) is the national currency for the Republic of Haiti. The name, gourde, stands for gourde in French, or goud in the Haitian Creyol language. Pictures

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