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The Dominican Republic, which occupies the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola, became independent of Spain in 1821, but was still controlled by Haiti. The designer of the flag, Juan Pablo Duarte, formed a secret society, the Trinitaria. It was under the lead of the Trinitaria that the Dominican Republic separated from Haiti and achieved independence.

The Trinitaria amended the flag of Haiti for its own use by superimposing a white cross, symbolizing Christian faith, and ten white stars, which were later removed when independence was gained in 1844. The addition of the cross made two upper blue rectangles, and two lower red rectangles. The rectangles on the fly were later reversed to give the current version of the flag. The blue is said to represent liberty and the red to symbolize blood and the people's sacrifices in the cause of independence.

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