The Haitian Flag

Haiti is the only nation in modern history that came into being from the direct aftermath of a slave revolt. On January 1, 1804, native Haitians declared their sovereign independence as a nation after successfully overwhelming their French rulers through revolt.

The Haitian flag can be described principally as two horizontal bars: a blue bar on the top half of the flag, and a red bar on the bottom half. Haiti's coat of arms emblem lies perfectly centered in the middle of the flag lies, and states: L'Union Fait La Force. Translated from French, this means "Unity makes Strength" in English.

Haitian revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines was rumored to have created the flag by ripping out the white center of the French flag, which he then discarded. He proceeded to ask his god-daughter to sew the blue and red bars back together. With the white now removed, the blue and red bars were meant to simplify the diverse population of the Caribbean island. The story is widely popular throughout the country, and is retold every anniversary of the nation's independence.

Haiti occupies the western portion of the island Hispaniola. The tropical nation is home to nearly 10 million citizens, though unfortunately up to 80 percent live in poverty. The two official languages of the nation are French and Haitian Creole. The nation's national anthem is entitled "The Dessalines Song".

Haiti recently caught the attention of the world when a horrendous 7.0 earthquake devastated the country in 2010. Since then, disaster relief efforts have swarmed upon the country.