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[BWR tricolor]
by Ivan Sache, 18 May 2002
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About the flag

According to [alv86], on August 15, 1812, the variety of the flags in use was replaced by the long tri-color, red-white-blue, with the white stripe slightly wider than the other two. That flag became a model for the first codified flag of the Paraguayan Republic introduced by the General Congress on November 25, 1842, which paid tribute officially to the ideals of the French Revolution.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 15 May 2002

The flag of 1812 is supposed to have unequal stripes, with the white stripe «slightly wider». The exact width of the stripes was not given by [alv86].
Chrystian Kretowicz, 15 May 2002

The flag was in use since 1812 with equal stripes and without arms. In 1826 a new flag was introduced, but the tricolored was kept as an alternate flag. But when Dr Francia died in 1840 all garrisons hoisted his blue flag and forgot about the triclored until 1842.
Ralf Stelter, 23 Jan 2001

Flag with emblems in 1812

The earmiest mention of a red-white-blue tricolor in Paraguay seems to date from 15 August 1812. This bore on one side the arms of the capital city, Asunción, and on the other those of the King of Spain.
Ivan Sache, 20 Oct 1999, quoting [smi75b]