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Agustin Beraza in its book The flags of Artigas [bza57], describes both current provincial flags, Misiones and Entre Ríos, as banderas de Artigas. He forgets that:
The flag of the Federal Legue (Liga Federal) was created in 1814
by José Gervasio Artigas. It was hoisted for the first time in 1815.01.13
and used for the first time in the Banda Oriental (eastern bank of La
Plata) in 1815.02.26.
Jaume Ollé, 20 Aug 2000, translated by António Martins
This flag was used in the provinces of
The exact specs of the original flag are not known, due to conflicting
reports: The white stripe might have been wider than the blue stripes, or
not; and the red bend might have been very wide or not so.
Jaume Ollé, 20 Aug 2000, translated and adapted by António Martins
The flag of Artigas, the national hero of Uruguay, was adapted from the Belgrano flag by adding a diagonal red stripe. This flag is now the naval jack of Uruguay and the flag of the province of Entre Rios in Argentina.Jorge Candeias, 08 Jun 1998, quoting [cra80]
The red, blue and white colours were used by Artigas to
establish a clear difference between the flag of the Eastern
These three colours evoke the colours of the
french Tricolor of French Revolution
days. At the beginning of the XIX century, red and blue
were the colours you could find when looking for cloth for
the soldiers’ uniforms, in these Spanish colonies. Materials
came in two shades of blue. One, the lightest, was celestial
or “heavenly” blue and had been chosen by
Belgrano for the flag of the
May 1810 Revolution leading to the Argentine Independence.
Four or five years later, not wanting his colors to be
similar or confused with those of the Buenos Aires
government, against whose dominance he would be soon
fighting, Artigas chose to design his flag and other
provinces which were with him in opposing Buenos Aires
domination, in colours not existing in the Argentine flag.
The shade of blue he adopted therefore was navy blue.
Jorge Cajarville, 16 Jun 1999