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Historical variants of the Chilean flag

Last modified: 2024-02-02 by randy young
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Liberating Expedition to Peru (1820)

[1820 variant flag]
image by Francisco Gregoric, 24 December 2002

In 1820, San Martin led his Ejercito Libertador (Liberating Army) on an expedition to liberate Peru, known as the Expedición Libertadora al Peru. The army was comprised of personnel from Chile, Las Provincias Unidas del Río de la Plata and Peru, and each nation was represented by a star on this flag.
Francisco Gregoric, 24 December 2002

Star on the red bar (1820)

[Chilean flag variant]
image by Jaume Ollé, 14 March 2001

A variant appeared in 1820 on which the star was charged in the centre of the red bar.
Nozomi Kariyasu & Jaume Ollé, 14 March 2001
(source David Prando [pdo99])

Inverted stripes (c.1820)

[Chilean flag varient]
image by Jaume Ollé, 14 March 2001

A variant appeared in 1820 in which the order of the bars was altered.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 14 March 2001, citing a source from 1848/1869, & Jaume Ollé, 14 March 2001, cites David Prando [pdo99]).

Rectangular Canton (1818-1854)

[Chilean flag variant]
image by Željko Heimer and António Martins, 10 October 2008

The exact layout of the Chilean national flag was fixed on 4 July 1854; before that, the blue canton was sometimes rectangular but usually square. An 1858 flag chart from the United States listed the Chilean flag as having a rectangular canton.
António Martins & Christopher Southworth, 10 October 2008; Francisco Gregoric, 8 March 2012