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What do the colors of the Haitian flag mean?

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May 28, 2015 3:13AM

The Haitian flag was born from the French flag at the independence of the island nation. It took the French flag, removed the white and eventually turned it on its side.

The blue, set on the upper part of the flag, represented the population of ancient slaves, four hundred and fifty thousand of them, whom, according to the first constitution, were supposed to be the only social group to personify the country.

The red, set below the blue part of the flag, represented the people of mixed races known as mulattoes.

The white disappeared; "Dessalines pa vleblan," meaning Jean-Jacques Dessalines, leader of the Haitian Revolution and the first ruler of an independent Haiti, "wanted nothing to do with the whites."