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Costa Rica Flag

When Costa Rica achieved independence from Spain in 1821, it joined the United Provinces of Central America (or Central American Federation), a loosely knit arrangement with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, that was soon to come to grief.

The flag of the UPCA was a simple blue and white tri-band and after the UPCA break up in 1838, these colours were adopted by Costa Rica, although in a different arrangement. In 1848, the flag was altered to include a red central stripe in honour of the ousting that year of Louis Philipe from his throne as the King of France. The arms, which do not appear on the civil flag, have seven stars to represent the seven provinces, and the volcanoes denote the geographical position of Costa Rica between the Atlantic and the Pacific. The sun symbolizes freedom and the ships represent commerce.

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