Argentina Flag Facts

The Flag of Argentina
The history of the National Flag of Argentina dates back to the early 1800's when this South American country fought hard to gain independence. The flag itself was designed by a military leader by the name of General Manuel Belgrano who identified the Argentina Flag colors during the May Revolution; an important battle that is considered the first successful revolution in South America’s battle for independence.

Argentina Facts
Argentina is the second largest country in South America based on both size and population. It is located on the coast of the South Atlantic Ocean where it spans a total area of approximately 2.8 million square km. Argentina shares its borders with five countries of South America; Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile.

Argentina Facts
Argentina is the 8th biggest country in the world. It's population is estimated at 42 million people and the country has one of the largest economies across the globe. Located in southern South America, Argentina stretches from the Atlantic to the Chilean border and tall peaks of the Andes mountain range.

National Flag of Argentina *** Flag Designer: Manuel Belgrano *** Date Adopted:1812 *** Style of Flag: Tricolor Design *** Flag Description: Three horizontal bands featuring the Sun of May emblem *** Flag Colors: Light Blue and White *** Flag Use: National flag and ensign *** Sun Meaning: Represents the Inca Sun-god, Inti

Argentina Flag Facts

  1. Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Argentina Flag
    Argentina’s flag was designed by General Manuel Belgrano during the country’s battle for independence. The flag was first introduced in 1812.

  2. Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Argentina Flag
    The National Flag of Argentina can be described as a triband flag featuring three equally spaced horizontal stripes. The colors, from to bottom are light blue, white, light blue. The ‘Sun of May’ was added in 1818 to centre of the flag’s design. The Sun of May is a national emblem of Argentina. The same symbol features on the flag of Uruguay also.

  3. Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Argentina Flag
    The flag of Argentina, which features the Sun of May emblem, is known as the Official Ceremonial Flag. It is the official civil state, war flag and ensign. The Argentinean flag without the yellow Sun of May emblem is known as the Ornamental flag. This flag is seen as an alternate civil flag and ensign. Both flags are seen as the National Flag of Argentina, with the Ornamental flag being flown under the Ceremonial flag. The Sun of May symbolizes the May Revolution; a battle that sparked Argentina’s fight for independence.

  4. Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Argentina Flag
    The origin of the flags colors can be traced back to the lead of Argentina’s fight for independence, General Belgrano. During the battle for independence, it is said, that General Belgrano realized that both his forces, and those of Spain, were using the same colors; red and yellow. The General then opted to use the colors that were used by the Criollos during the May Revolution. However, it has since been discovered that the Criollos used red, and it is therefore, more likely that the colors were taken from the House of Bourbon.

  5. Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Sun of May Meaning
    The Sun of May emblem is a main feature of the National Flag of Argentina. It is a representation of the Inca Sun-god, Inti. The symbol has great meaning and replicates the engraving of the Sun of May on the first Argentine coin, which was approved in 1813, and valued at 8 Escudos. The sun itself is surrounded by 16 waved and 16 straight rays. The month of May forms part of the emblem’s name as it references the May Revolution that occurred in Buenos Aires, Argentina from May 18 to May 25, 1820.

  6. Interesting Facts for Kids 6: The Sun of May: The May Revolution 18-25th May, 1810 (Argentina’s fight for independence)
    The May Revolution marked the beginning of Argentina’s fight for independence from Spain. Legend has it that the outbreak of the revolution saw the sun breaking through the clouds which was said to be a good omen. The Spanish colony incorporated parts of Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. The May Revolution is considered the first successful revolution in South America’s battle for independence.