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Flag of Martinique

Martinique
Ratio 2:3
Adoption 1766
Design Blue field quartered by a white cross and with a white, L-shaped snake in each canton. [1]
Colors
#21428E
#FFFFFF

History

The snake flag of Martinique has no official status on the island. It is a historical flag dating from an edict issued 4 August 1766, specifying that vessels of the French Colony of Martinique and Saint Lucia should fly a version of the French ensign, which at the time was a white cross on a blue field, with L-shaped (for Lucia) snakes in each quarter of the cross. The same design is used for the lesser coat of arms. [0]

Meaning

The snakes are fer-de-lance vipers (Bothrops lanceolatus, French trigonoc├ęphale) native to Martinique. [0]