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Martinique Flag

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The flag of Martinique is a snake flag, which does not have any authorized status on the territory. The flag of France is the only flag flown with official standing.

Martinique Flag


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The flag of Martinique is a snake flag, which does not have any authorized status on the territory. It has been quite famous since a proclamation made on August 4, 1766, stipulated that ships of the French Settlement of Martinique and Saint Lucia have to hoist an edition of the French flag, which during that period had a blue background with a white cross on it and L-shaped snakes (L signifies Lucia) in every sector of the cross.

Currently, a light-blue field is split into four quarters, with a white cross and a white snake in the middle of every quarter.

The snakes on the flag are fer-de-lance vipers which are indigenous poisonous snakes found in Martinique (Bothrops lanceolatus, trigonocephale in French).


The tricolor of France is used in Martinique for official events. As the country is a member of the European Union, the flag of the European Union is also used in the country. The flag was adopted on August 4, 1766. As it is an overseas region of France, the country hoists the tricolor of France along with its unofficial flag.


Before the Caribbean island was annexed by the United Kingdom, Martinique was governed by St Lucia. This ensign dates back prior to the French Rebellion. It was first hoisted on August 4, 1766, as the ensign of the new French settlement of St Lucia and Martinique, and the vessels of these two settlements were decreed to use it. At present, the ensign is hoisted (erroneously) by sailors as a courtesy flag to the Caribbean territory while they are supposed to hoist the tricolor of France in its place.

The Tricolore is the French national ensign and it comprises three upright stripes of the same breadth, showing the national colors of France: white, blue, and red. The blue stripe is placed closest to the pole, the white stripe in the center, and the red stripe on the exterior.

The colors red, white, and blue symbolize liberty, equality, and fraternity. These are the morals of the French Rebellion. White is the shade of the Royal House of Bourbon and at the same time, blue and red are the traditional shades of Paris.

Fact about the Martinique flag

Country Martinique
Designed by NA
Adopted 15. February 1794
Revision NA
Design and Colors the Tricolore – consists of three vertical bands of equal width, displaying the country’s national colors: blue, white, and red. The blue band is positioned nearest the flagstaff, the white in the middle, and the red on the outside.
Size Ratio 2:3

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