Flag of Samoa
|Flag of Samoa|
|Use||National flag and ensign|
|Adopted||24 February 1949
1 January 1962
|Design||A red field with the blue rectangle on the upper hoist-side quadrant bearing the Southern Cross of four white larger five-pointed stars and the smaller star in the center.|
The flag of Samoa was first adopted from February 24, 1949 for UN Trusteeships, and continuously applied for the state's independence on January 1, 1962. It consists of a red field with a blue rectangle in the canton. The blue rectangle bears the Southern Cross Constellation: four large white stars and one smaller star.
From the capture by New Zealand forces on August 29, 1914, a defaced ensign with three palm trees encircled, and emblazoned on the fly were used. The defaced Blue Ensign was used by vessels owned by the mandate government, or those operated in the government service, while the defaced Red Ensign was used by locally registered civilian ships.
Flag of German Samoa (March 1, 1900 – August 29, 1914)
Proposed flag of German Samoa (never used)
The flag of New Zealand was used during the control of NZ-forces (1914–1920)
Initial flag of Western Samoa that acquired but not approved (26 May 1948).
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