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Historical flags of Grenada

Last modified: 2003-02-01 by antonio martins
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British associated state flag, 1967-1974

Grenada flag in 1967-1974
by Vincent Morley, 23 Apr 1997

This flag was adopted in 1967 when the island became a British associated state. It was replaced by the present flag when Grenada became independent in 1974. This drawing is based on the illustrations in [ped70] and in [eva70], which differ slightly in the details of the central badge.
Vincent Morley, 23 Apr 1997

The emblem is the nutmeg which grows throughout Grenada (otherwise known as the Spice Island) and grows downwards inside of a yellow pod. The red in the emblem signifies the mace that grows on the outside of the nut and is also used as a spice.
Leslie Wilson, 19 Apr 2001

Why the flags of both Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, both of 1967, are so similar?

  • Grenada: blue - yellow - green horizontal with oval white borderd red in the centre (and a nutmeg pod in the white)
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: green - yellow - blue horizontal with lozengle white borderd blue in the centre (and a flower in the white)
If it wasn’t for the different shapes, I’d say it’s the same flag hoisted upside down...
António Martins, 02 Aug 1999

The College of Arms seem to have been trying to create a family of flags for islands of the former West Indian Federation.
David Prothero, 04 Aug 1999


Colonial flag, 1903-1974

Detail

Grenada badge in 1903-1974
by David Prothero, 29 Jul 2002

It appeared on the Blue Ensign from 1903 to 1974. It may possibly have been used on the Union Jack after the Windward Islands administration was dissolved in 1960, or after the Associated States were established in 1967, until independence in 1974.
David Prothero, 29 Jul 2002


Previous colonial flag, 1875-1903

Grenada flag in 1875-1903
by Blas Delgado, 02 Dec 2002

The old badge is a sugar mill. It appeared on only the Blue Ensign, 1875 to 1903.
David Prothero, 29 Jul 2002

Detail

Grenada badge in 1875-1903
by Blas Delgado, 02 Dec 2002