The flag of the state of Oaxaca is, like most current Mexican state flags, the coat of arms centered on a white field.

The coat of arms of Oaxaca is a red parchment, which symbolizes the battles for freedom of the Oaxacan people. Above it, the national coat of arms of Mexico is shown. On the parchment are seven stars, representing the regions of the state. At the bottom is a ribbon with the words Estado Libre y Soberano de Oaxaca ("Free and Sovereign State of Oaxaca").

In the center is an elliptical shield, with in the border a quotation from Benito Juárez: El Respeto al Derecho Ajeno es la Paz ("Respect for the rights of others is peace"). The words are separated by representations of nopal, an old Oaxacan symbol of wealth.

The interior of the shield is divided in three sections. The upper dexter (left) section consists of stylized depictions of the fruits and flowers from the Leucaena leucocephala, a tree native to the region, and a stylized face of an Oaxaca native. The upper sinister (right) part shows a side view of a Mitla palace and the Dominican Cross. In the base section, two strong arms are depicted breaking a chain, which symbolizes the yearnings of the Oaxacan people in the conquest of its freedom.

Proposals for new flag of OaxacaEdit

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