As a symbol of independence from Spain, the Cuban flag has inspired a number of others, including those of Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Catalan separatists. Cuba's flag was originally designed in 1849 in New York City by Venezuelan-Cuban General Narciso López and Cuban poet Miguel Teurbe Tolón to symbolize the effort to have the US annex… Continue reading The Cuban Flag’s Descendents
by Ted Kaye, Vexilloid Tabloid #45 (April 2014) I recently visited Cuba and saw a profusion of national flag use—often as an instrument of political messaging. Here’s a sampling.
Esther Allen has an excellent piece in NYR Daily about the history of US-Cuba relations, including this fascinating story about the Cuban flag: For its part, the US government had had an eye on Cuba at least since the beginning of the nineteenth century, when Thomas Jefferson tried without success to buy the colony from… Continue reading Flags and Emancipation in Cuba