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image by Carlos Thompson, 10 November 2004
This was the Cartagena State flag
(1811-14) and the United Provinces on New
Granada provisional flag (1814). The star is eighpointed, but
is frequently drawn fivepointed. This flag was previously
reported as Atlantico Department flag.
Jaume Ollé , 8 September 1996
I was in Barranquilla, Colombia, a couple of weeks ago and I
found out that cuadrilongas with eight-pointed stars where far
more common than those with five pointed stars. Actually the only
cuadrilonga with a five-pointed star I saw was painted on a wall.
I could not get confirmation by any native, though.
So even if the five-pointed star flag is the official one, the eight-pointed star flag (same as the flag of Cartagena) is the flag in common use.
Carlos Thompson, 15 May 2004
Barranquilla official site <www.alcaldiabarranquilla.gov.co>
seems to officially confirm the cuadrilonga flag with
eight-pointed star and a Coat of Arms with some diferent elements
than the Atlantico Coat of Arms.
Carlos Thompson, 11 August 2004
At the website
of the Barranquilla District Mayor's office, the flag is
shown and described. They describe the flag as composed of three
rectangles or elonged squares (cuadrados longos -->
cuadrilonga), red, yellow and greem with an eight-pointed star.
This confirm my observations in Barranquilla of the
eight-pointed star. above is such a flag with
1:1:2:1:1×1:1:6:1:1 distribution. (I have seen also 1:1:1:1:1
flags). This should make Barranquilla flag equal to Cartagena flag (and both equal to the historical Cartagena flag).
However, most flags displayed in Cartagena do show a diference:
non of the points in the star points to the top. as
shown in <www.cartagenacaribe.com>. I
do not know, however, if there is an official difference.
Carlos Thompson, 10 November 2004
In the 'Museo Romantico' in Barranquilla you can find a
display that tells the story of the history of the flag of
Cartagena and Barranquilla in Spanish. To sum up in English it
tells, that the red, yellow and green flag with an eight-pointed
star at first was designed 1811 during the independece of
Cartagena, and in 1814 became the flag of the United Provinces of
New Granada. In 1910 then the city council of Barranquilla
decided that the flag of Cartagena might serve as well as the
flag of Barranquilla to indicate the comon patriotic heritage of
the people. However, there is nothing said about the changing the
star's eight points in the centre of the flag.
Nahne Bienk, 12 February 2008
image by Jaume Ollé, 15 May 2000
Above is the flag according the constitution provisions. Same
image is feautured in the arms. The 8 pointed yellow star is the
supposed original flag of the republic of Cartagena was described
only after that the provincial flag was already adopted. When the
provincial flag was adopted the Cartagena republic flag was
reconstructed as the above and was adopted as such.
Jaume Ollé , 15 May 2000
I live in Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia. The green,
red-white-fringed, five-point star flag is the flag of the city
of Barranquilla, and the 8 Points Star Version is one is the Cartagena's.
Carlos A. Leiva, 18 July 2000
image from <www.alcaldiabarranquilla.gov.co>