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Bermuda Flag

Bermuda was the first British colony to fly the defaced red ensign and is the only British colony that has adopted the Red ensign instead of the Blue as its local flag on land. This may be because the first settlers arrived on board merchant ships flying the red ensign. The badge on the Bermudan flag shows a ship, the "Sea Venture", captained by Sir George Somers, foundering on rocks.

The islands were known for some time as the Somers Islands. The rocky coast is shown to the left of the shield, and the sea is to the right. The ship appears to be hitting the rocks (the Sea Venture was wrecked on the coast of Bermuda in about 1609). The shield is being held from behind by a large red lion, in such a way that its paws appear at the edges of the shield and its head appears above it like a crest.

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