Why Are Some Flags So Similar?

Why Are Some Flags So Similar?

Country flags are generally bold and graphic in design. Usually there are stripes or stars, or large panels of solid colors. But considering how many design possibilities exist, who do so many country flags look so similar? For example, the Italy and Mexico flags. Both have white, green and red horizontal panels. Explore the reasons behind this similarity in the video below.

Why Are Some Flags Similar?

Mexico and Italy are almost the same.


Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Many European nations adopted a tricolor flag after France displayed theirs following the French Revolution. (0:56)

  • 2

    The very first American flag had a Union Jack in the upper left corner instead of stars. (2:15)

  • 3

    The Ottomans decorated their banners with a crescent design for centuries. (4:29)

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