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Flag of the Netherlands Antilles (1986-2010)
Netherlands Antilles
Adopted January 1, 1986[1]
Designed by (unknown)
Proportions 2:3[2]

The flag of the Netherlands Antilles, a former country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was white, with a horizontal blue stripe in the centre, one-third of the flag's hoist, superimposed on a vertical red stripe of the same width, also centred; five white, five-pointed stars are arranged in a pentagon pattern in the centre of the blue band, their points up.

SymbolismEdit

The colours of the flag were the same as those of the Netherlands.

The five stars represented the five main islands of Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten.

Other flags of the Netherlands AntillesEdit

HistoryEdit

In 1954 the six Dutch dependencies of the West Indies—Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Saint Martin (Sint Maarten), and Sint Eustatius—were established as the territory of the Netherlands Antilles, gaining the right to self-government in all affairs except defence and foreign policy. The islands of this new entity had been solely under the Netherlands national flag since the 17th century and thus had no traditional local flags. The first flag of the Netherlands Antilles was decreed by Queen Juliana of The Netherlands on December 15, 1959, which marked the fifth anniversary of the law giving autonomy to the territory.[3]

In 1986, when Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles, the number of stars was reduced to five.

Netherlands Antilles (proposed, 4 stars)

Proposed flag (would be adopted if St. Maarten left the Netherlands Antilles)

Some more of the islands making up the Antilles may eventually leave the group. St. Maarten voted to become a new country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in a referendum held in 2000 and a new flag for the Antilles was proposed.[4] Another referendum held in 2004 came out with a similar result on Curaçao, on Bonaire and Saba voting for semi-autonomous integration within the continental Netherlands and only Sint Eustatius voting to maintain the Netherlands Antilles, it was decided to altogether dissolve the Netherlands Antilles. On 10 October 2010 the Netherlands Antilles were officially dissolved.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Netherlands Antilles on Flags of the World
  2. Netherlands Antilles Flag on Maps of World.com
  3. Netherlands Antilles, flag of. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica
  4. National Flag of the Netherlands Antilles on WorldFlags101.com
Netherlands Subdivisions of the Kingdom of The Netherlands
Countries: ArubaCuraçaoNetherlandsSint Maarten
Provinces of The Netherlands: DrentheFlevolandFrieslandGelderlandGroningenLimburgNorth BrabantNorth HollandOverijsselUtrechtZeelandSouth Holland
Metropolitan areas: AlmeloAlmereAmsterdamArnhemBarendrechtDordrechtEindhovenGorinchemLeidenLisseMaastrichtNieuwkoopNijmegenPapendrechtSliedrechtStrijenThe HagueUtrechtVlaardingenZwijndrecht
Special municipalities: BonaireSabaSint Eustatius
Former countries: Netherlands Antilles (1986-2010)Suriname (1959-1975)

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