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The Chilean flag, adopted in 1817, was designed by an American, Charles Wood, who was an officer in the Chilean army under General Jose de San Martin. Originally the flag was the same as it is now, but without the star, which was added on Independence Day.

The flag is clearly derived from the American "Stars and Stripes" both in colour and layout; however, the colours had already been in use in Chile since before the arrival of the Spaniards. There are several interpretations of the meaning of the colours, but the most common have the blue signifying the sky, the white, the snow of the Andes, and the red symbolizing the blood spilt by those who gave their lives in the struggle for independence. The white star is said to be the guiding star on the path of progress and honour.

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