Uruguay Flag Facts
Facts for Kids 1: Uruguay Flag
Although some design features have been modified, the first National Flag of Uruguay was introduced in 1828. This version of the flag consisted of a white upper canton and 17 white and blue horizontal stripes. A canton can be described as a square charge smaller than a quarter and situated in the upper corner of a shield. The upper canton features an image of the Sun of May; an important emblem that symbolizes this country's history and battle for independence.
Facts for Kids 2: Uruguay Flag
The current National Flag of Uruguay has nine horizontal stripes which alternate from white to blue. The nine stripes are representative of the nine original departments of Uruguay. The ‘Sun of May’ emblem dominates the corner of the upper hoist. The flag of Uruguay was designed by Joaquín Suárez, the first head of state of Uruguay, in 1828. Joaquín Suárez was the President of Uruguay from 1843 until 1852.
Facts for Kids 3: Uruguay Flag
One of the unique features of the flag of Uruguay is that unlike most other nations, its design features multiple white stripes as a divider between another color. The flag of the United States incorporates a similar style
Facts for Kids 4: The Sun of May Symbol
The Sun of May is the national emblem of two countries of South America; Uruguay and Argentine. The Sun of May can be described as a bright yellow symbol of the sun, featuring a human smiling face and sixteen rays which alternate between straight and wavy designs. In the upper canton, an image of the Sun of May represents a new nation to the world.
Facts for Kids 5: The Sun of May Meaning
The Sun of May emblem was inspired by the May Revolution that occurred from May 18 to May 25, 1820 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 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 struggle for independence.