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image by Carlos Thompson, 8 May 2003
image by Carlos Thompson, 10 November 2004
This was the Cartagena State flag
(1811-14) and the United Provinces of Nueva Granada
provisional flag (1814). The star is eighpointed
Jaume Ollé, 8 September 1996
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. A 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. Cartagena is the capital
of the Bolivar department.
Carlos A. Leiva, 18 July 2000
At the official site <www.alcaldiadecartagena.com>
, one can see the municipal symbols. Note the shape of the star
and the respective proportions of the rectanglesas as opposed to
the Previously Reported Flag.
Translated from that site:
"FLAG CUADRILONGA - With the independence and the formation of the Sovereign State of Cartagena, in 1812, along with the republican shield, a republican flag was adopted composed of three rectangles or longos squares (for that reason it is called cuadrilonga ), of colors red, yellow and green and in its center a white tienuna stars of eight points. It had been speculated on the meaning of the three rectangles; on the three used colors and the mentioned star. Nevertheless, it was not been possible to find no document that indicates such meaning with exactitude . Until now the version that seems best guessed right is that the eight ends of the star correspond to the eight provinces that originally formed the Sovereign State of Cartagena. In any case, the Cuadrilonga Flag had an outstanding figuration as the one to be taken as standard by Bolivar when in 1812 he undertook the so-called Admirable Campaign from Cartagena which culminated with the liberation of Caracas, to which the liberator arrived with the flag of Cartagena in his hands. It is the same flag of Barranquilla, being the Flag of the State (old Province) of Cartagena, of which that city was part."
Dov Gutterman, 21 January and 22 Febuary 2002
The flag I remember have seen flying is more alike the Previously Reported Flag, than the newly reported
one. I have a photo that I took last time I was in Cartagena
(last year), and it seems to agree with the proportions of the
previusly reported flag, and the shade of green is similar to the
one from Barranquilla or the historical flag of Cartagena.
I have found two sites: <www.cartagena.com.co> and <www.cartagenacaribe.com>, each with a different version of the flag. I am pretty sure that the cuadrilonga's vertical and horizontal strips are the same width.
Carlos Thompson, 17 March 2003 and 8 May 2003
Most flags displayed in Cartagena do show a diference of Barranquilla and historical
Cartagena flag.: 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
Carlos Thompson, 10 November 2004
image by Eugene Ipavec, 31 December 2009
On December 11 I visited Cartagena , and saw the Consejo
(Council), the Legislative body in a Municipality in Colombia
(each Municipality in the country has one). Outside of their
offices I saw a flag which was a rectangular white background
with the Colonial Coat of Armsin the middle. The flag has the
Coat of Arms on the obverse as well as the reverse.
E.R.., 31 December 2009
image from <www.alcaldiadecartagena.com>, located by Dov Gutterman, 21 January 2002
image from <www.cartagena.com.co>, located by Carlos Thompson, 17 March 2003
Note: Cartagena City changed its Coat of Arms. This
one is probably the previous CoA.
Felipe Carrillo, 13 Febuary 2003
Recently there have been a debate about changing the coat of
arms of Cartagena. The one above has been the CoA since
1574, with a few interruptions. The mayor wants to change
the CoA for the one used by the independentists in 1812.
While the first one (also known as "colonial") is the
most known, some historians agree that both the
"colonial" and the "republican" are current
coats of arms of Cartagena. See also <www.cartagena.com.co>
Carlos Thompson, 17 March 2003
See also image Colonial
Coat of Arms from: GARCÍA, Julio Cesar. "Himnos y Símbolos
de Nuestra Colombia". Camer Editores. 2000, and image of Republican Coat of
Arms and the flasg from a book by Evangelista Quintana Rentería.
Esteban Rivera, 22 March 2004
image from <Bulletin No. 88 of the Fundación Numismáticos de Colombia>, located by Esteban Rivera, 01 February 2013
The "Republican" Coat of Arms of Cartagena was originally intended to be used
as the Seal for official documents and charge a Postal Tax on all documents
sealed with it, a measure adopted in the rest of the newly independent States (
) as a way for colecting taxes (public income for the State to cover its own
expenses). The first mention of this Seal was on , and later this same Seal was
replicated onto coins, the latter being mentioned first on the Gazeta 14
(Gazette 14) of July 16, 1812, not having the same detail though, as seen in the
following pages of the document.
Source: Bulletin No. 88 of the Fundación Numismáticos de Colombia ISSN-0122-1345, Numismatics of Colombia, firs semester of 2010 Foundation, found here.
Esteban Rivera, 01 February 2013
image by Petr Exner and Ivan Sache, 22 Febuary 2002
image by Ivan Sache, 22 Febuary 2002