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by Mark Sensen
Note: Only the French Flag is Official in Guadeloupe.
Saint-Barthélémy is a small island (21 sq. km, 5038
inhabitants) located ca. 200 km North-West of Guadeloupe (between
Anguilla, St Kitts and Antigua). It is a dependency of Guadeloupe
and constitutes, along with the French part of Saint-Martin
island, the arrondissement of
Ivan Sache, 2 April 1999
by Pascal Gross
Armand du Payrat quoted a touristic leaflet showing this flag
beside french tricolour, white field with the coat of arms.
Pascal Gross, 30 September 1998
The three fleurs de lys recall the fact that the island of
Saint-Barthélémy was French from 1648 to 1785 and since 1878.
The Maltese Cross is for the fact that the island was belonging
to the possessions of the Order of Malta (1651-1665). The three
crowns are for the belonging of the island to Sweden from 1785 to
1878. The mural crown is the former symbol of the Greek gods
protecting the cities and that the cities of the First French
Empire retook. The two pelicans are to be found on the isle. Ouanalao
is the local name of the island.
Source: - Heraldic postcard drawn by Mireille Louis, ca. 1970.
Pascal Vagnat, 24 October 1998
by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2001
Saint Barthelemy Yacht Club has a burgee quartered
blue-red-red-blue with the initials S B Y C in white in the
Source: http://www.saintbarth.org/sbyc/sbycdetails.htm .
Ivan Sache, 19 May 2001