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What Does The Mexican Flag Represent?

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Nathaniel Hobby answered
The Mexican flag has three vertical stripes coloured, from left to right, green, white and red. In the centre of the flag is the Mexican coat of arms - a golden eagle, perching on a prickly pear cactus, eating a snake.  Although the meaning of these colours has changed over time, the currently accepted meaning is that green represents hope, white represents unity, red represents the bloodshed by the nation’s heroes.

The modern Mexican flag has evolved over a period of two hundred years, during which time Mexico itself has changed from being a Spanish colony to an independent modern state.

When the Spanish conquistadores arrived in the sixteenth century, they brought with them their own flags and symbols.  Mexico was called New Spain, but during this lengthy colonial period there was no single national flag.  However, the flags and crests of the Spanish crown were often flown.

In 1810, Mexicans began their revolutionary war of independence which lasted until 1821. In this period, Mexican troops created a flag with the image of the "Virgin of Guadalupe”.  Troops loyal to the Spanish crown flew a flag bearing the picture of the "Virgin de los Remedios”.

After the war ended and Mexico had successfully gained its independence from Spain, a newly cormed Constitutional Congress adopted a national flag with the same colours as today and with an eagle symbol on its centre. 

Later, the original eagle was replaced by other symbols. As recently as 1982, it was decreed by the then President of Mexico,Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, that the symbol occupying the centre of the flag should be the national crest.

The meaning of the colors of the Mexican flag changed over this period: Originally, Green stood for newly won Independence, White for Religion, and Red for Union. Later the colours acquired their modern meaning.
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The snake and eagle represent the place where they first established. A legend told them that they were to settle in the place where they found an eagle resting on a cactus tree devouring a snake.
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The meaning of the Mexican Flag Colours has changed thru time. One thing remains unchanged, though: The whole history of Mexico is represented in the flag. But to make a long (very long) story short, I'll tell you this: The Mexican Flag proportions between length and width are 4:7 and it has three colours: Green, white and red, being the green ALWAYS the colour nearer to the pole. The coat of arms is centered in the white colour, which is the one at the center. Red colour is at the other end. The eagle devouring a snake represents what the aztecs were told by their priests: When they discover a lake with an island in the center, and in the island an eagle devouring a snake (some others say it was really a bird) they should stop their pilgrimage, since that was their promised land. Originally the colours represented:
Green - Independence (from Spain)
White - Catholic religion
Red -  Unity (of Europeans and Americans, and "Americans" meant what it really means: All the people of the American Continent)

But that meaning changed and now the colours means:
Green - Hope
White - Unity
Red - The blood of the heroes
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Green means hope, red means blood, and white means unity!
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Mexico's flag as it is today was adopted in 1968, though a very similar flag had been in use since 1821. Originally the green represented independence, white represented religion and red the union of Americans and Europeans, but during the secularization of the country under President Benito Juarez (president of Mexico from 1858 to 1872) the meanings of the colors were adapted to represent hope (green), unity (white) and the blood of the national heroes (red).

And this is the true because I'am a true mexican!
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Aun Jafery answered
The Mexican Flag comprises three vertical stripes of Green, White and Red with the coat of arms of Mexico in the center. The coat of arms depicts an Eagle with a serpent clutched in its talons and beak, perched on a cactus tree rising from the earth and overlooking a body of water.

The stripes of the Mexican flag have changed often and so has the meaning associated with them. The current colours represent hope, unity and blood of Mexico's national heroes in the stripes of Green, White and Red respectively. Earlier still they referred to Independence from Spain, the Roman Catholic faith, and Union between Europe and America.

The symbol on the coat of arms is derived from an Aztec legend, where a heathen God directed a nomadic tribe to settle where they saw an Eagle devouring a snake.
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Green is for hope, white is for unity, and red is for blood.  I'm pretty sure this is correct!  I have plenty of Mexican heritage friends, and they thought so too!!
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silver swan answered
The flag color is initiated from the poster of the Army of the Three Guarantees, which lasted from 1821 to 1823. At first the meaning of the colors was:

• Green: was a sign of independence from Spain.
• White: Religion, faith or belief, the Roman Catholic faith.
• Red: Union among Americans and Europeans.

However, the meaning of the colors altered because of the no religious control of the country, which was leaded by President Benito Juarez. After that the flag colors were given new meanings which are as follows:

• Green: as symbol of Hope
• White: as symbol of Unity
• Red: as symbol of national heroes Blood

The World Encyclopedia of Flags gives the following meaning to the colors of the flag:

• Green: as symbol of Hope
• White: as symbol of Purity
• Red: as symbol of Religion

Many political groups have made use of the national colors as part of political symbols or logos. For instance, the political party Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has taken the flag colors as part of their symbol. Another political group the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) also used the flag colors as part of their logo, but in 1990's changed them.
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It actually goes way back in time to when one of the first civilizations was here called the aztec. As many of us know the capital of mexico is mexico city otherwise know as tenochtitlan. It was the city built by the aztec because of the sign from their gods which was when a bird lands on a prickly pear cactus with a serpent in its talons it meant to build their city there. So that is why the mexican flag has a bird on a cactus with a serpent in his talons.
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Green-Hope
Red-Blood
White Unity
Are you guys sure because I need this for a country report
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Mexico's flag as it is today was adopted in 1968, though a very similar flag had been in use since 1821. Originally the green represented independence, white represented religion and red the union of Americans and Europeans, but during the secularization of the country under President Benito Juarez (president of Mexico from 1858 to 1872) the meanings of the colors were adapted to represent hope (green), unity (white) and the blood of the national heroes (red).

The Mexican Coat of Arms
The Mexican Coat of Arms is taken from an Aztec legend which recounts the way in which the Aztecs came to choose the site where they built their capital city of Tenochtitlan (where Mexico City stands today). The Aztecs, also known as the Mexica ("meh-shee-ka"), were a nomadic people traveling from the north of the country. Their leader was informed in a dream by the god of war, Huitzilopitchli, that they were to settle in the place where they would find an eagle on a prickly pear cactus holding a serpent. The place where they saw this sight was quite inhospitable - a swampy area in the center of three lakes, but this is where they settled and built the great city of Tenochtitlan.

Protocol
When the Mexican flag is displayed, Mexicans stand at attention with their right arm placed in a salute over their chests with the palm facing downward.
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maliha doria answered
The Flag of Mexico is a vertical tricolor of green, white, and red with the national coat of arms charged in the center of the white stripe. While the meaning of the colors has changed over time, these three colors were adopted by Mexico following independence from Spain during the country's War of Independence. The current flag was adopted in 1968, but the overall design has been used since 1821, when the First National Flag was created. The current law of national symbols, Law on the National Arms, Flag, and Anthem, that governs the use of the national flag has been in place since 1984. At the time of the flag's adoption, the Italian tricolor was not in use: The flag now contains the coat of arms, in order to distinguish it from that of Italy. Red, white, and green are the colors of the national liberation army in Mexico. The central emblem is the Aztec pictogram for Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), the center of their empire. It recalls the legend that inspired the Aztecs to settle on what was originally a lake-island. The form of the coat of arms was most recently revised in 1968. Aztec legend held that they should found their city on the spot where they saw an eagle on a Nopala, eating a snake. Ribbon in the national colors are at the bottom of the coat of arms.

Throughout history, the flag has changed 4 times, as the design of the coat of arms and the length-width ratios of the flag have been modified. However, the coat of arms has had the same features throughout: An eagle, holding a serpent in its talon, is perched on top of a prickly pear cactus; the cactus is situated on a rock that rises above a lake. The coat of arms is derived from an Aztec legend that their gods told them to build a city where they spot an eagle and a serpent, which is now Mexico City. The current national flag, the Fourth National Flag, is also used as the Mexican naval ensign by ships registered in Mexico.
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greg c answered
This scene is Mexico's coat of arms. It has changed throughout the years but the elements have always remained the same. It was designed from Aztec legend. Their gods told them to establish a city where they saw an eagle and a snake together. That city is the capital, Mexico City.
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El Nino answered
The central emblem is the Aztec pictogram for Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City),

the center of their empire. It recalls the legend that inspired the

Aztecs to settle on what was originally a lake-island. The form of the

coat of arms was most recently revised in 1968. Aztec legend held that

they should found their city on the spot where they saw an eagle on a

cactus, eating a snake. Ribbon in the national colors are at the bottom

of the coat of arms.
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Anonymous answered
The colors of the Mexican flag are, green is for hope, white is for peace and honesty, and red stands for numerous things. These may be for blood, bravery, strength, and valour.
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The green stand for jalapenos, the white stand for onions, and the red stands for tomato's. Whitch = hot sause
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Anonymous answered
According to Aztec legend the people were wandering in Mexico in search of a sign that their god, Huitzilopochtli, had given them. He commanded them to find a Crested Caracara perched on top of a cactus, devouring a snake. After two hundred years of wandering, they found the promised sign on a small island in the Lake Texcoco. Their search and wandering ended and they founded their new capital, Tenochtitl.
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El Nino answered
The central emblem is the Aztec pictogram for Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City),
the center of their empire. It recalls the legend that inspired the
Aztecs to settle on what was originally a lake-island. The form of the
coat of arms was most recently revised in 1968. Aztec legend held that
they should found their city on the spot where they saw an eagle on a
cactus, eating a snake. Ribbon in the national colors are at the bottom
of the coat of arms.
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El Nino answered
The central emblem is the Aztec pictogram for Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City),

the center of their empire. It recalls the legend that inspired the

Aztecs to settle on what was originally a lake-island. The form of the

coat of arms was most recently revised in 1968. Aztec legend held that

they should found their city on the spot where they saw an eagle on a

cactus, eating a snake. Ribbon in the national colors are at the bottom

of the coat of arms.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Were a god told them were to live  to be  in peace . The god told them you are going to establish were you see a eagle eating a snake .
Julie Bowman Profile
Julie Bowman answered
The red white and green used on the flag represent the colours of the national liberation army in Mexico.
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Anonymous answered
Y wont you just say  the flag stands 4 mexico na jk it relly stands 4 red 4 bloed and green 4 hop and white 4 independ...I think1!
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The colors stand for ; red bad times, white for peace ,and the green for prosperous times
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White represents the color of some people
red when you get a paper cut
green sometimes poop
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It means when the aztec find a eagle eating a snake that where they were going to settle it part of a aztec prapasi
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White - represents clean bed sheets
Green - stands for frogs (the green type)
Red - symbol for clown noses
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Red= Doosh Bags
Green= Fagots
White= Queers
JK I'm Mexican and WE ROCK white is unity
thanked the writer.
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Certainly NOT the meanings of the mexican flag!!!! And you only said one of the true meanings!!
Doosh bags: BAGS!!!
Fagots: Offensive term for an openly homo***ual man!
Queers: Un***ual!!!

OFFENSIVE!!!!!

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