14 September 2014

That Flag


From today's Drudge Report.


13thBama said...

I never realized that the Northern Ireland flag and the Alabama flag are pretty much the same.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Don't forget Florida. I wonder how long it will be for the PC crowd to come after those.

ropelight said...

Well, if the cultural Philistines come to burn the flag of Florida they'll be barking up the wrong tree again.

Florida's Red Saltire does indeed represent the Cross of St Andrew, and although Florida seceded in 1861 and used the same flags as the other Confederate States - including the Bonnie Blue flag and even the Texas Naval Ensign early on, the origins of Florida's Red Saltire actually predate Southern secession by about 325 or 450 years depending on historical accounts. The earliest, almost mythical use is in 1408 when John The Fearless Duke of Burgundy adopted it to honor his Scottish soldiers, but rendered it in red for his native Burgundy.

Later, another Duke of Burgundy, Phillip The Handsome chose what soon came to be called The Cross of Burgundy to symbolize the combined thrones upon his marriage to Queen Joanna of Castile and later Queen of Aragon as well, which when united were the principle blocks on which Spain was founded.

During the period of Spanish colonization the Cross of Burgundy served as the flag of the Viceroyalties, and was flown by the Spanish Navy as well.

After the WBTS, during Reconstruction, and up till 1900 Florida's flag was pure white with the State Seal in the center, however criticism mounted because the white banner hanging down could be too easily mistaken for a white flag of truce or even one signifying surrender.

Consequently, by popular referendum Floridians approved adding the Red Saltire to the white field to avoid misunderstanding and to honor past ties with Spain. It's a common historical element found throughout Spain's former colonial territories especially in the Caribbean islands and along the old Spanish Main.

So, yes, Florida's flag includes a saltire, but it really isn't derived from the Confederate Battle Flag, although both designs reflect the Cross of St Andrew, Florida's version comes by way of Spanish colonization from its early use by a Burgundian Duke dating back to the 100 years war.

But when did historical facts ever deter or even give pause to the crackpot abolitionists of old, or today's hysterical ninnies desperate to stamp out cultural images they don't understand and refuse to learn about?

Kedryn Lansing said...

Well, so much for Secession when actually put to a vote.

Claims of voter fraud in 3, 2, 1...

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks for the comment Kedryn. Countdown complete and I don't know of any claims of voter fraud.

Scotland showed its conservative slant and stayed with Mother England. I'm not really surprised.