The Trinidad & Tobago Flag

On August 31, 1962 the southern Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago garnered their complete independence from Great Britain. This was surely sweet news to the citizens of the tropical country, because they had been subjects under the rule of the United Kingdom ever since the British had colonized the territory in 1802.

To celebrate their newly forged independence, shortly thereafter a national flag was commissioned to be designed. By the end of 1962, an official design had been settled upon by the country’s Independence committee. The designers wanted the flag to be symbolic and emblematic of the hard-working people of Trinidad and Tobago, so that was a primary focus during its creation.

The flag of the country utilizes only three colors. The design can be described as a red background with a black band and two white bands placed diagonally across the upper left corner to the bottom right corner. The red color of the flag is symbolic for courage, and for the fire of the sun. The black color of the flag is symbolic for dedication, and the mother earth. Lastly, the white color of the flag represents water, equality, and purity.

Trinidad and Tobago is geographically an archipelago sitting off the northeastern coast of Venezuela. The nation is home to over 1.2 million citizens, with the vast majority living on the mainland part of Trinidad. The official language of the nation is English, though a rich variety of languages are spoken here.

Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city is Port of Spain.