Flag of Mexico

The flag of Mexico is a rectangular flag with three vertical stripes of green, white and red. In the center of the white stripe, Mexico's coat of arms is featured. This flag was adopted in 1965 although a version of it has been used since the 1820's. Questions about the flag of Mexico can be directed here.

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What does Mexico's Coat of Arms mean?

The green stripe symbolized independence, white was for the Roman Catholic religion and the red is for the union of Americans and Europeans. The coat of arms is based on legend. The Aztec's supreme deity told the people to settle in a place where an eagle settled on a prickly pear cactus eating a snake. They did find such a spot. The city they build was destroyed by the Spanish but Mexico City was built on the ruins.

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What do the colors of the Mexican flag stand for?

At the end of the Mexican War of Independence (1810-1821), the Army of the Three Guarantees (Spanish: Ejercito Trigaranteor Ejercito de las Tres Garantias) was the name given to the army after the unification of the Spanish troops led by Agustin de Iturbide and the Mexican insurgent troops of Vicente Guerrero, consolidating Mexico's independence from Spain.

At first, the meaning of the colors of the Army of the Three Guarantees was:

  • Green: was a sign of independence from Spain.
  • White: Religion, faith or belief, the Roman Catholic faith.
  • Red: Union among Americans and Europeans

However the meaning of these colors have varied considerably with the passage of time. The last accepted, modern definitions are:

  • Green: Hope in the future.
  • White: Unity among the Mexican people.
  • Red: The blood of the Mexican heroes.

In the middle white segment there is an eagle with a snake on its beak standing on top of a cactus, which is the Mexican coat of arms and has a meaning on its own.

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What do the colors and eagle represent on the Mexican flag?

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What do the colors and symbols on the Mexican flag stand for?

At the end of the Mexican War of Independence (1810-1821), the Army of the Three Guarantees (Ejercito Trigarante or Ejercito de las Tres Garantias) was the name given to the army after the unification of the Spanish troops led by Agustin de Iturbide and the Mexican insurgent troops of Vicente Guerrero, consolidating Mexico's independence from Spain.

At first, the meaning colors of the Army of the Three Guarantees was:

  • Green: was a sign of independence from Spain.
  • White: Religion, faith or belief, the Roman Catholic faith.
  • Red: Union among Americans and Europeans

However the meaning of these colors have varied considerably with the passage of time. The last accepted, modern definitions are:

  • Green: Hope in the future.
  • White: Unity among the Mexican people.
  • Red: The blood of the Mexican heroes.

As for the Mexican coat of arms:

Before 1325 AD, the Aztec or Mexica (as they knew themselves) people were a nomadic tribe that wandered throughout the land, looking for a place to settle and build their capital. Their state religion awaited the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy: that the wandering tribe would find the destined site for a great city whose location would be signaled by an eagle eating a snake while perched atop a cactus.

The Aztecs saw this vision on what was then a small swampy island in the middle of lake Texcoco, after which they founded their capital city, on March 13, 1325. Not deterred by the unfavorable terrain, they set about building their city, using the chinampa system (misnamed as "floating gardens") for agriculture and to dry and expand the island. That city was Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City.

The prophesy and subsequent vision is now immortalized in Mexico's coat of arms and on the Mexican flag.

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What is the eagle holding in its mouth on the mexican flag?

The eagle is holding a snake in its mouth because of an old myth that when you saw an eagle with a snake in its mouth on a cactus, that is were a powerful empire will stand

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What does the eagle mean on the Mexican Flag?

The Eagle refers to the Aztecs. When the Aztecs were looking for a place to settle, they believed they should build their city where they encountered an eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its talon. Where the Aztecs supposedly found this is now known as Mexico City.
it means when the aztecs saw the eagle in their cropsthe symbol or sign to build their great city!
There is an old myth about an eagle landing on a rock with a snake in it's beak. The Aztecs believed that this would show where to found their capital. Mexico City is today built on that very site. The eagle on the flag is representative of that.

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Which is older the Mexican Flag or the Italian Flag?

The Italian flag was adopted on January 1, 1948. The Mexican flag was adopted on September 16, 1968. The first uses on the red, white and green colors being used in modern day Italy was in 1797 and in Mexico was 1821. So therefore the older flag is the Italian.

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What are facts about the Mexican flag?

It has red green white

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What colours are on the Brazilian flag?

Green, yellow, blue and white

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Does an eagle replace his beak?

no No. Once they have a beak, it is never lost or replaced. The beak eagles have when they are hatched is the same one they have when they get old. If an eagle's beak is damaged or broken, it can't eat food and will die.

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Why is the eagle eating a snake while standing on a cactus in the national symbol of Mexico?

Because the original people at Mexico were Aztecs and they believed that if you saw an eagle eating a snake on a cactus that is were you were meant to live the Aztecs spend alot of time searching and than found it on an island which is now Mexico city

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What does the eagle mean in the Mexican flag?

The Mexican Coat of Arms, which also appears on the Mexican national flag, illustrates the fulfillment of a prophesy describing where the Aztec people would found their first city. It shows an eagle perched on a cactus with a serpent in its mouth.

Before 1325 AD, the Aztec (or Mexicapeople, as they called themselves) were a nomadic tribe who wandered throughout the land, looking for a place to settle and build their capital. Their state religion awaited the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy: that the wandering tribe would find the destined site for a great city whose location would be signaled by an eagle eating a snake while perched atop a cactus.

The Aztecs saw this vision on what was then a small swampy island in the middle of lake Texcoco, after which they founded their capital city, on March 13, 1325. Not deterred by the unfavourable terrain, they set about building their city, using the chinampa system (misnamed as "floating gardens") for agriculture and to dry and expand the island. That city was Mexico-Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City (19° 25' 57.85'' N, 99° 07' 59.71'' W).

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What does the American flag and the Mexican flag have in common?

Nothing besides the white.

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What does the bird on the mexican flag symbolize?

There's a story about that.

The Aztecs (or "Mexicas", in the Aztec language) came from the North of what is Mexico, they were nomadic, and when trying to find which place to settle in, the God of War Huitzilopochtli appeared to them in a dream/vision and told them to settle in a place where they would find an eagle eating a snake on top of a nopal (similar to a cactus).

They travelled and travelled looking for this sign. Eventually, they found it in what would now become Mexico City. That symbol was then later put in the flag.

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What years did the Mexican flag fly over Texas?

1821 - 1835.

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What two animals appear on the Mexican flag?

An eagle holding a snake in its claws.

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What is the interior of Mexico like?

The interior of Mexico consists of a high, mostly rugged region.

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What does the symbol on the Mexican flag mean?

An eagle holding a snake in its beak perched on a cactus plant was the symbol, based on legend, that the Aztecs looked for when finding the location to build their "sacred" city. They apparently found this site one day and built Tenochtitlan. This city was conquered and eventually destroyed by Hernan Cortez, a Spanish explorer/conqueror. The city was rebuilt and is now called Mexico City.

Interesting fact. At the time it was destroyed, Tenochtitlan was one of the largest cities in the world. Modern day Mexico City is once again one of the largest cities in the world.

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What color is the Mexican flag?

The Mexican flag is divided horizontally into three equal areas. There is green on the left, white in the middle and red on the right.

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What does the Mexican flag look like?

Acording to the Mexican constitution:

"The Bandera Nacional is a rectangle divided into three vertical stripes of identical measures, with the colors placed in the following order from hoist to fly: green, white, and red. Centered in the white stripe, the National Coat of Arms has a diameter of three-fourths the width of the white stripe. The proportion of the flag is four to seven (Ratio 4:7). It could carry a rope or tie of the same colors below the truck."

The Mexican coat of arms depicts a Mexican Golden Eagle perched upon a prickly pear cactus devouring a snake.

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What does the red on Mexican flag stand for?

the red on the Mexican flag stands for blood of Mexico's heroes

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What bird is on the Mexican flag?

An Eagle.

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How did the Mexicans get here in 1900?

they swam across the border

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What are three colors of the Mexican flag?

Green, white and then red (In order) with an eagle in the middle.

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What 2 animals are shown on the flag of Mexico?

There are a snake and an eagle on the Mexican flag.

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