Flag of Liberia

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Republic of Liberia
Flag of Liberia.svg
Use National flag and ensign
Proportion 10:19
Adopted July 26,1847
Design Eleven horizontal stripes alternating red and white; in the canton, a white star on a blue field

The Liberian flag bears a close resemblance to the flag of the United States, showing the freed American and ex-Caribbean slaves offspring and bloodline origins of the country.[1] The Liberian flag has similar red and white stripes, as well as a blue square with a white star in the canton. It was adopted on July 26, 1847.[2]


The eleven stripes symbolize the signatories of the Liberian Declaration of Independence, red and white symbolizing courage and moral excellence. The white star represents the first independent western-styled republic in Africa, above the blue square representing the African continent. The Liberian flag is the only flag in the world to be modeled after and resemble the American flag because Liberia was the only nation in the world that was founded, colonized, established and controlled by freed African-American and ex-Caribbean slaves as settlers from the United States and the Caribbean islands with the help and support from the American Colonization Society. The American Colonization Society was a private organization establishment which sent freed American and ex-caribbean slaves as settlers from the United States and the Caribbean islands. When the freed American slaves arrived in Liberia on January 7,1822 they identify themselves as Americo-Liberian, in which to separate themselves from the native Liberians and other settlers. The Americo-Liberian was offspring and bloodline origins of black American from the United States of America. The Americo-Liberian wasn't the only ethnic group that came to Liberia; there were other ethnic groups who came with the Americo-Liberian, which were Native American, Afro-Caribbean, African-European and white American.[3]

The flag is seen on many ships around the world as Liberia offers registration under its flag. Shipping companies do this to avoid taxes and restrictions that other countries enforce. As the second most popular flag of convenience (after Panama), it is estimated that 1700 foreign-owned ships fly the Liberian flag.[4] This brings in much of the country's revenue.[5]

County flags[edit]

Liberia is subdivided into 15 counties, each of which is entitled to its own flag. Each county flag bears the national flag of Liberia in the canton. The county flags are flown at regional offices and together encircling the national flag of Liberia at the Presidential Palace.

Similar flags[edit]


  1. ^ "Background on conflict in Liberia". Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Paul Cuffee advocated settling freed slaves in Africa. He gained support from free black leaders in the U.S., and members of Congress for an early emigration plan. From 1815-1816, he financed and captained a successful voyage to British-ruled Sierra Leone where he helped a small group of African-American immigrants establish themselves. Cuffee believed that African Americans could more easily "rise to be a people" in Africa than in the U.S. where slavery and legislated limits on black freedom were still in place. Although Cuffee died in 1817, his early efforts to help repatriate African-Americans encouraged the American Colonization Society (ACS) to lead further settlements. The ACS was made up mostly of Quakers and slaveholders, who disagreed on the issue of slavery but found common ground in support of repatriation. Friends opposed slavery but believed blacks would face better chances for freedom in Africa than in the U.S. The White Americans slaveholders opposed freedom for blacks, but saw repatriation as a way of avoiding rebellions 
  2. ^ http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/flags/countrys/africa/liberia.htm
  3. ^ http://www.reliefinc.org/about-relief/directors/
  4. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3072983/t/liberian-shipping-draws-scrutiny/
  5. ^ http://www.worldflags101.com/l/liberia-flag.aspx