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Barranquilla (Atlantico, Colombia)

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image by Carlos Thompson, 10 November 2004



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The Flag

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 1:1:2:1:11:1:6:1:1 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


Flag with 5 points Star


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


Coat of Arms


image from <www.alcaldiabarranquilla.gov.co>