Flag of Barbados

Flag Barbados, Banner Barbados
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National flag on land, merchant and service flag at sea
431 km²
North America, Central America
Barbados Dollar (BBD)
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Background knowledge

Until 1965, Barbados, as a British colony, used the blue British service flag (Blue Ensign) with a badge in the waving part of the flag. The badge showed Neptune, the god of the sea, riding on two seahorses with a trident in his right hand on a white disk. The tip of the trident appears today in the center stripe of the flag.

The present flag of Barbados was officially hoisted on Nov. 30, 1966. It was designed by G.W. Prescod, and features three vertical stripes in blue, yellow and blue, and the black trident in the center. The blue stripes symbolize the sea and the sky, and the yellow stripe in the center symbolizes the sandy beaches. The three tips of the trident represent three principles of government: Of the people, with the people, and for the people. The handle of the trident was deliberately omitted. This is to express that Barbados has overcome its colonial heritage. However, the trident also represents the people's close ties to the sea.

The coat of arms was granted to Barbados by the British Queen Elizabeth II on 21.12.1965, replacing the badge. It shows in a golden shield an uprooted "bearded fig tree". The name of the island is derived from this tree. The Spanish word barbados means bearded. In the upper corners of the shield are two red orchids. This orchid species has the name "Red Pride of Barbados", and is the national plant of the state. The shield bears a helmet with yellow and red covers. From it protrudes the arm of a native. He holds two sugar cane stalks in his hand. Shield holders are a dolphin and a pelican. They represent the fishing and wildlife of the island. Below is a golden ribbon with the country's motto: "Pride and industry" => "Proud and hardworking".

Text courtesy of Flaggenlexikon.de

Three equal verical stripes (blue, gold, blue) with a black trident on the gold area; the trident represents independence and a break with the past under colonial power.


Composer: C. Van Roland Edwards Songwriter: Irving Burgie

That's what ChatGPT knows about the flag of Barbados

This is what an AI says about the Barbadian flag
The flag of Barbados consists of three evenly distributed stripes in the colors blue, gold and blue. The top and bottom stripes are the same width and blue in color. The middle stripe is in gold and slightly wider than the other two. In the center of the flag is a red symbol representing a golden harp with a golden fish. This symbol represents Barbados' connection to Ireland. The flag was officially adopted in 1966.
This is what an AI knows about the history of the Barbadian flag
The national flag of Barbados was adopted on November 30, 1966. It consists of three horizontal stripes of equal size in blue, gold and blue. The gold stripe contains a red triangle reminiscent of the tricolor of the French Revolution. In the triangle there is a white pole with a golden Star of David, recalling the Jewish origin of the first settlers of the island.
This is how an AI describes the Barbadian flag
The national flag of Barbados is a rectangular banner in blue, gold and red. The top left corner is blue, the top right corner is gold and the bottom corner is red. In the center of the flag is a white striped circle, which consists of the blue, gold and red square.

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