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Mexican Flag

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The Mexican flag consists of three vertical bands: green which represents hope, white which represents unity, and red which represents blood of the national heroes.

In the middle, white band, sits the Mexican coat of arms portraying an eagle on a prickly pear cactus with a snake in its beak and talons. The Mexico's flag proportion is 4:7.

Mexico's flag was adopted in 1968, but the history of the flag dates back over 600 years ago.

According to Astec-History.com, "In the early 1300s, the wandering tribe of Mexica people were looking for a home. Persecuted and cast out from other nations, they believed that their god, Huitzilopochtli, would show them a sign - to guide them to their new settlement."

The legend continues, "...The Mexica people ended up seeing the sign - but it was on an unlikely spot. A small, swampy island in the middle of Lake Texcoco." The city was build anyway and that's where Mexico city is today.

The flag, the Mexican Coat of Arms (escudo nacional) and the National Anthem, is considered one of the patriotic symbols (símbolos patrios).





Sources
http://www.aztec-history.com/mexican-flag-history.html
http://gomexico.about.com/od/historyculture/qt/mexican_flag.htm

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