How much do you know about the flags used by nations throughout history? Test your knowledge and take this 10-question quiz on historical flags!
1. Which nation used this flag at some point during their history?
Known as the 'Betsy Ross flag', the United States of America used this flag or similar from 1777 until 1795 when it was updated to include 2 more stars. The Flag Resolution of 1777 did not specify a particular arrangement for the stars so between 1777 and 1795 there were many variations in use featuring different positioning of the stars.
2. What nation does this flag belong to?
Originally the flag for the North German Confederation, the German Empire adopted this flag when they unified in 1871 and continued to use it until the end of the First World War and the founding of the Weimar Republic in 1918.
3. What country used this flag?
The Qing dynasty adopted the 'Yellow Dragon flag' in the late 19th century, originally as a triangular flag in 1862, and then rectangular from 1889 until 1912.
4. What country once used this flag?
South Africa adopted this flag in 1928 and was used until 1982. A near-identical flag was used from 1982 until 1994 with the shade of blue slightly brighter. The flag was known as 'Oranje-Blanje-Blou.'
5. Which nation once used this flag?
This was used as the Russian Empire's first official flag decreed by Alexander II and remained in use until 1896 when it was replaced by a white, blue and red tricolor flag.
6. What nation used this flag?
The Empire of Brazil used this flag from 1822 (first with 19 stars in the center and then with 20) until 1889 when it became a republic.
7. What country used this flag?
This blue, white and red horizontal triband flag was used by the Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1918 (it was called the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes from 1918 until 1929) until 1941 when it was occupied by the Axis forces.
8. What country listed below used this flag?
This flag was used by the Syrian Republic from 1930 until 1958, and then again from 1961 until 1963. In the first constitution of Syria it describes the flag: "The Syrian flag shall be composed as follows, the length shall be double the height. It shall contain three bands of equal dimensions, the upper band being green, the middle band white, and the lower band black. The white portion shall bear three red stars in line, having five points each."
9. What nation used this flag?
The Federal Republic of Cameroon (made up of two states: East Cameroon and West Cameroon) used this flag from 1961 until 1975 when the flag was changed to represent Cameroon becoming a unitary state.
10. Which country used this as their flag?
The Second Spanish Republic used this flag, known as la tricolor, from 1931 until 1939 with the victory of the Nationalist faction in the Spanish Civil War. It remained the flag of the Spanish Republican government in exile until 1977 when parliamentary democracy was restored and the exiled government recognized the new government as the legitimate government of Spain.
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