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Mauritius Flag

Discovered by the Portuguese in 1505, Mauritius was subsequently held by the Dutch, French, and British before attaining independence in 1968. The colours of the flag of Mauritius are those that appear in the coat of arms dating back to 1906. The flag was adopted in 1968 upon achieving independence from Britain who had ruled the island since 1815.

The colours have various interpretations as to the meanings, but are all fairly similar. Red is said to represent the island's martyrs; blue, the Indian Ocean; yellow, the country's bright future; green, the lush vegetation. Other source claim the red stands for the country's independence, or the liberation struggle and the blood spilt in it's struggle, the yellow is said to represent the country's freedom, as mentioned, all are variations on the same theme.

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