Our flag was designed after the Cuban flag with
the colors inverted as a sign of solidarity with Cuba, as suggested
by Lola Rodríguez de Tió.
Some celebrate Puerto Rican Flag Day on June 11th
others celebrate it on December 22. Our flag was one hundred years
old in 1995. Boricuas in 1895 were fighting for independence from
Spain. Some wanted independence so that Puerto Rico could be annexed
to the United States. Some hoped Puerto Rico would come into some
sort of Antillian alliance or confederation. Both sides worked together
in one accord.
A group of Puerto Rican patriots in New York City
worked on this project and that is where our flag was born. It was
then a revolutionary flag in defiance of the Spanish reign. The
reason they did not use the Lares Flag was because it represented
a defeated effort. They wanted a new flag.
La tierra de Borinquen
donde he nacido yo,
es un jardín florido
de mágico primor.
Un cielo siempre nítido
que sirve de dosel
y dan arrullos plácidos
las olas a sus pies.
Cuando a sus playas
exclamó, lleno de admiración;
¡Oh! ¡Oh! ¡Oh!
Esta es la linda
tierra que busco yo.
Es Borinquen, la hija,
la hija del mar y el sol,
Manuel Fernández Juncos
Música: Ramón Collado
Autor: Félix Astol Artés