Historic Flags of the Texas State Library and Archives

TSLAC 306-4052 Republic of Chile Flag (Modern)

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Wool and cotton,
58 x 82.5 inches

Conserved

1980 Conservation report (PDF)1980 Conservator's report - Panhandle Plains Historical Museum

 

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TSLAC 306-4052
Republic of Chile Flag (Modern)

The Texas flag and the flag of the Republic of Chile (La Estrella Solitairia or the Lone Star) bear a strong resemblance to one another,. The Republic of Chile adopted their flag on October 18, 1817, more than 20 years before the Texas flag was created.

Some men later involved in the Texas Revolution, including future Texas president David G. Burnet, had filibustered in Chile, and there is some speculation that they may have been inspired by Chile's design when creating the Texas flag. No documentation exists that supports this theory, and the resemblance may be a simple coincidence.

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