I mean, farreal. Let’s talk about this.
The first Puerto Rican flag, also known as the Lares Revolutionary Flag, looked like this:
It was conceived by Ramón Emeterio Betances:
and embroidered by Mariana Bracetti.
(In other words, she’s our Betsy Ross.)
It became the symbol of the pro-independence movement that authored the short-lived Puerto Rican uprising against the Spanish crown in 1868. It is now a national holiday, coined "El Grito de Lares", observed every 23rd of September.
Now how did this
get to this
First, Juan de Mata Terreforte, one of the leaders f the Lares revolt was exiled to New York City, where he joined the Puerto Rican Revolutionary Committee. He and other members adopted the Lares flag as their standard until 1892, when they were presented with the current design. Now why is it a mirror of the Cuban flag?
There’s this tidbit found in a letter written by de Mata crediting an individual known as Francisco Gonzalo Marín for the design: “The adaptation of the Cuban flag with the colors inverted was suggested by the patriot Francisco Gonzalo Marín in a letter which he wrote from Jamaica. I made the proposition to various Puerto Rican patriots during a meeting at Chimney Hall and it was approved unanimously.” There’s also the theory that Anotnio Vélez Alvarado stared at a Cuban flag on a wall for a while, looked away, and experienced an optical illusion where the opposite colors of the ones he’d been staring at were visible on a bare wall. He had a prototype made and presented it at a dinner, where José Martí, a Cuban revolutionary, was present. He was impressed by the prototype and later published this anecdote in the Cuban revolutionary paper Patria. The flag’s shapes and colors then embodied the spirit of the Puerto Rican independence movement:
“The three red stripes represent the blood from the brave warriors. The two white stripes represent the victory and peace that they would have after gaining independence. The white star represented the island of Puerto Rico. The blue represents the sky and blue coastal waters. The triangle represents the three branches of government.”
However, shortly after PR was annexed by the US in 1898, it became illegal to fly this flag in Puerto Rico.It wasn’t until 1952 that it became official, when then-Governor Luis Muñoz Marín proclaimed it the official flag of the island, coinciding with the country’s designation as a commonwealth. When this happened, though, the color of the triangle was changed to a darker blue to distance the flag from its revolutionary roots and to have it resemble the US flag more closely. The meaning of the flag changed as well, with the white stripes now standing for the republican government. Naturally, many pro-independence groups were outraged, calling it a desecration. the sky-blue flag resurfaced in 1995 and soon the government of Puerto Rico issued a regulation in regard to the shade of blue, stating that no specific tones are official and it is common nowadays to see both versions of the flag being flown.
tl;dr our flag predates Captain America by at least half a century, you dipshits.
Reblogging this again, because it seems once wasn’t enough.