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Slovakia - 1848 Flag

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[Slovakian Tricolour] by Mark Sensen, 2 Jul1996

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The first Slovakian flag

In Slovakia triband white/blue/red was in use since 1848 (most of the time unofficially).
Mark Sensen, 2 Jul1996

The first Slovak flag was white-red bicolore and was waved on 23rd April 1848 in Brezová during a theatre performance. A petition signed on 10th May 1848 in Liptovský Sv. Mikulaš demanded not only constitutional or educational rights for Slovaks but also permission for using red and white Slovak flags. This was rejected by the Hungarians as well as the other demands. In August 1848 the blue color was added and in 18th September 1848 in Velká nad Veličkou on the Hungarian-Moravian border the Slovak revolutionaries hoisted various Slovak and Slav flags combining red, white and blue in many variations. Some of them depicted the original Hungarian coat of arms, only the green colour of the three hills was replaced by blue.
Jan Kravčík, 6 June 2000

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