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Shown below are various designs that have been proposed for a new flag of Florida.
 
Shown below are various designs that have been proposed for a new flag of Florida.
 
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floridaflagredesign.png|The saltire on the current Florida flag with the Seal removed from the center. The saltire is split into two half saltires each colors of Spain, which ruled Florida during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The colors also represent the sun as the state's nickname is " the Sunshine State"
 
Florida 2.png|Florida Flag Proposal by Zolntsa
 
Florida 2.png|Florida Flag Proposal by Zolntsa
 
alternate_flag_of_florida_by_jonlethon-d5a5zzm.png|FL Flag Proposal "jonlethon"
 
alternate_flag_of_florida_by_jonlethon-d5a5zzm.png|FL Flag Proposal "jonlethon"
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Better State Flag of Florida.png|The green triangle represents the lush green of Florida, the white triangles on the side represent the white sand beaches and white wave caps of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. The blue rectangle is the cloudless sky over Florida, and the yellow semi-circle is the sun rising over the Sunshine State
 
FL Flag Proposal charl.png|FL Flag Proposal "charl"
 
FL Flag Proposal charl.png|FL Flag Proposal "charl"
 
FL Flag Proposal lyly.png|FL Flag Proposal "lyly"
 
FL Flag Proposal lyly.png|FL Flag Proposal "lyly"
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FL Flag Proposal rebranding america alt2.jpeg|FL Proposal "Rebranding America" modified by Ben Karnell
 
FL Flag Proposal rebranding america alt2.jpeg|FL Proposal "Rebranding America" modified by Ben Karnell
 
US-FL flag proposal Rebranding America+Ben Karnell (modified).png|{{User:HansLN/GE|p=use|d=Sep 2015|mod=Rebranding America|nod=1}}
 
US-FL flag proposal Rebranding America+Ben Karnell (modified).png|{{User:HansLN/GE|p=use|d=Sep 2015|mod=Rebranding America|nod=1}}
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Florida4.png|FL Proposal "Rebranding America" modified by [[User:SimplisticFlags|SimplisticFlags]]. March 2019. ([[User:SimplisticFlags/Flag Proposals/American States#Florida|details]])
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Florida5.png|FL Proposal "Rebranding America" modified by [[User:SimplisticFlags|SimplisticFlags]] 2. March 2019. ([[User:SimplisticFlags/Flag Proposals/American States#Florida|details]])
 
FL Flag Proposal BigRed618.png|FL Flag Proposal "BigRed618"
 
FL Flag Proposal BigRed618.png|FL Flag Proposal "BigRed618"
 
US-FL flag proposal Hans 1.png|{{User:HansLN/GE|p=use|d=Dec 2013|n=1}}
 
US-FL flag proposal Hans 1.png|{{User:HansLN/GE|p=use|d=Dec 2013|n=1}}
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AlternateFL_MINE_27StarFlag3LRGRb.png|Florida Flag proposal by nhprman Aug 2016
 
AlternateFL_MINE_27StarFlag3LRGRb.png|Florida Flag proposal by nhprman Aug 2016
 
Florida Saint White on Orange.png|Argent Saltire on Tenne field. With or without 5-pointed star. Design by Rotten Ali.
 
Florida Saint White on Orange.png|Argent Saltire on Tenne field. With or without 5-pointed star. Design by Rotten Ali.
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Florida Tricolor - Three Worlds Meet.jpeg|Florida flag proposed by Ken Morton. "Three worlds meet." The colors of this flag represent the three peoples who's histories and contributions have made Florida as it is today; black for Africans, white for Europeans and red for the native peoples of Florida.
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BonnieBurgundy.png|Bonnie Burgundy Flag (Florida Flag Proposal by FlappyFlop16)
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Florida New Flag.png|FL Flag Proposal "apollohawkridge"
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Proposal Flag of Florida traditional.svg|Proposal for a flag for Florida. By [[User:Qaz_Janssen|Qaz]] Dec 2019 ([[User:Qaz Janssen/Proposals/Subnational/US-ESE#Florida|details]])
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Proposal Flag of Florida.svg|Proposal for a flag for Florida. By [[User:Qaz_Janssen|Qaz]] Dec 2019 ([[User:Qaz Janssen/Proposals/Subnational/US-ESE#Florida|details]])
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Screen Shot 2019-11-13 at 5.01.19 PM.png|Proposed flag for Florida. Twenty-seven rays emanate from the sun symbol. Florida is the 27th State. The central decorative pattern and color scheme are taken from Seminole textile designs. (Posted by Ken Morton)
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Florida - Blue.png|Part of a series of fifty state flag designs, all in blue and white. (Posted by Ken Morton)
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My Proposal for New Flag of Florida.png|FL Flag Proposal by Luismanuel1995.
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Revision as of 17:12, June 2, 2020

The flag of Florida consists of a red saltire, St. Andrew's Cross, on a white background, with the state seal superimposed on the center. The design was approved by a popular referendum in 1900. The current design has been in use since 1985, after the state seal was graphically improved and officially sanctioned for use by state officials.

While both the modern Alabama and Florida state flags may have some historical tribute to Spanish rule in their design, both were definitely patterned after the battle flags of the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV)- under which the bulk of the troops from both states fought.

Both of these flags have documentation stating the influence of the ANV battle flags in their design - particularly the flag of Alabama - which was created under the administration of Governor William Oates. Oates was a former regimental commander in the ANV. He is most famous for leading the confederate assault on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. [Text from FotW]

Historical Flags

Shown below are various flags that have flown over what is now Florida.

Proposals for a New Flag of Florida

Shown below are various designs that have been proposed for a new flag of Florida.

Most common symbolism

Cross of Burgundy

Flag of Cross of Burgundy.svg

A red roughly-pruned saltire (also known as St. Andrew's cross). Used as Spanish naval ensign from 1506 to 1701, and as battle flag up to 1843. It was specially used as insignia to Spanish Empire overseas viceroyalties - Florida was part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Its Spanish usage dates from the marriage between Philip I of Spain and Mary of Burgundy, when the king decided to honor the House of Burgundy, the royal house of his new mother-in-law.

Its origins are discussed: it can be firstly adopted by the Order of the Golden Fleece, in 1429, but, in the 1490s, the writer Pedro de Ayala claims it was adopted by a previous Duke of Burgundy in tribute to his Scottish soldiers.

In the designs, it can appear both as a roughly-pruned saltire or as a straight saltire (as it appears in current state flag).

Orange disc

Orange-disc

Many designs use an orange circle, that can represent either or both of two symbols: the Sun or an orange. Florida has tropical and subtropical climates, and "Sunshine State" is its nickname. The orange refers to the fact that citrus fruit, especially oranges, are a major part of the state economy. Florida produces the majority of citrus fruit grown in the United States.

Sometimes, the orange disc is substituted by other depictions of the sun.

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