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Comparing the Cuban and Puerto Rican Flags

The similarities between the Cuban (top) and Puerto Rican (bottom) flags are not accidental. The Cuban flag was designed in 1849 by Narciso López, a pro-independence exile living in New York City. The design for the Puerto Rican flag was adopted by a committee of exiles living in New York during the mid-1890s. While it is not known for sure who designed the later flag, the two flag designs reflect the close ties between pro-independence activists from both countries who continued their work from the relative safety of New York City.

Cuban flag (top); Puerto Rican flag (bottom).
Creator | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
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Cite This document | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, “Comparing the Cuban and Puerto Rican Flags,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 17, 2018, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/2501.

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