Would you like to know an interesting fact about the nation of Ecuador?
The Galapagos Islands have belonged to Ecuador since the early 1800’s. This may be what prompted the country to become the first country of the world to recognize legally enforceable rights of nature or ecosystems rights in early 2009.
Ecuador has had five flags since 1820. Ecuador, Columbus and Venezuela all had similar flags and in 1822 they formed a confederation called Gran Colombia.
The first flag had five stripes of blue and white in an BWBWB pattern with three stars on the middle stripe which represented Guayaquil, Portoviejo and Machata and was in 1820-1822.
In 1822 the flag had a white field with a blue square with a white star as the canton. From 1822-1848 Ecuador came under the control of Colombia. This flag was yellow, blue and red with a coat of arms. Ecuador seceded in 1830 but the flag was used until 1845.
In 1845 the flag was a tri-color of white, light blue and white with three white stars on the middle stripe. This flag was used during the Marxist revolution. From 1848 to 1860 the flag was a darker blue with seven white stars.
The most recent incarnation of the Ecuadorian flag has three horizontal stripes of yellow, blue and red. The yellow stripe takes up ½ the flag, while the blue and red each occupy ¼ of the flag. On 26 September this flag was adopted and a coat of arms was added for official use by the government.