Flag of Ivory Coast

The flag of Ivory Coast Flag. Le drapeau de la Côte d’Ivoire.

The Côte d’Ivoire has a tri-color flag that is a 2:3 ratio size.

The flag is constructed of three equally size vertical stripes of orange, white, and green.

The orange color is on the hoist side of the flag.

Large Flag of Ivory Coast

The colors are similar to the flag of Ireland except that the colors are reversed with green on the hoist side.

It is also similar to the Italian flag, which also has green on the hoist side of the flag.

The vertical positioning of the colors of the flag of Ivory Coast was the influence of the previous flag for the country the French tri-color of red, white, and blue.

The orange color on the flag of Ivory Coast is supposed to represent the color of the land, which is rich and generous.

It also represents the meaning of the countries fight for freedom, the blood of a young people fighting for emancipation.

The white color is for peace, but also for peace with justice.

The green color is for the hope of the country and their certainty for a better future.

Other records have different meanings for the colors.

The orange represents the savannahs in the north of the land.

The green stands for the woods and timber in the south.

Unity is the meaning of the white color.

Regulations on the use of the Flag of Ivory Coast - Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire has regulations on the use of the flag. It may be flown from all official buildings in the country.

It also is used as a table flag on all desks of State employees. It must be flown in the courtyard of all schools, colleges and universities.

The military must always fly it in the yard of any barracks, military and paramilitary institutions.

The flag must always be flow on the right front corner of any vehicle used by the President of the Republic and by any of his representatives or ambassadors.

History of the Flag of Ivory Coast Le drapeau de la Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire is known in English as the Ivory Coast of Africa.

The first known European contact was in 1637.

French missionaries came and landed along the coast close to what is now called Ghana. This area was difficult and inhospitable and few missionaries or anyone else tried to established themselves.

The 1700’s was a time of invasion by tribes who occupied the southeast area and the central region.

In 1844 the French signed a treaty with the Kings of Grand Bassam. The territory became a French protectorate.

French missionaries, explorers and trading companies soon expanded their area inland. The French tri-color flag flew over the area.

With them came the French language and this was consolidated when the country later became a colony of France in March 1893.

Boundaries and treaties were negotiated and signed with Liberia and the United Kingdom who controlled the Gold Coast of the area.

In 1904 Côte d’Ivoire became part of the Federation of French West Africa.

All Africans in Côte d’Ivoire were officially French subjects but they were without any rights to representation in Africa or France.

It was still a colony and an overseas territory.

During World War II, the French remained in control until 1943.

Charles De Gaulle formed a provisional government and maintained control of all of French West Africa.

France was very grateful for African loyalty during World War II and extended French citizenship to all African subjects.

They were granted the right to organize politically and forced labor was abolished.

In 1956, powers were transferred from Paris to elected territorial government sin French West Africa.

In December of 1958, Côte d’Ivoire became a autonomous republic within the French Community.

Côte d'Ivoire became independent in August 1960.

Even after becoming an independent nation, Côte d’Ivoire maintained close ties to France. The development of cocoa production for export, foreign investment, and the export of coffee made Cote d'Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the tropical African states.

Côte d’Ivoire created their own flag based on the tri-color vertical colors of the French flag.

Their new flag of Ivory Coast had equally-size vertical colors of orange, white and green.

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