Flag of Benin

The flag of Benin was adopted in 1959. It was changed because of the accession of the Marxist regime in 1975. However, upon the latter’s fall, the old design was reintroduced on august 1, 1990. The colors are the traditional Pan-African colors. The green symbolized hope, the yellow symbolized wealth and the color red symbolizes courage. The Republic of Benin is located in West Africa. It borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east and Niger and Burkina Faso to the north.

The Bight (bay) of Benin, its small southern coastline, is where a majority of the population is located. Porto-Novo, though named the capital of the country, Cotonou is where the seat of government is located. Cotonou is also the largest city of the country. With almost 9.05 million people, Benin is a tropical, sub Saharan nation.

Since the 17th century to the 19th, the Kingdom of Dahomey conquered the land of today’s Benin. The region became one of the Slave Coast during the early 17th due to the prevalence of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. However, with the slave trade banned and regional power was diminished on 1892, France took over the area renaming it to French Dahomey.

The design on Benin’s flag before the new one was introduced, was a green band throughout the surface of the flag with a small red star on the upper left hand of it. The new flag of Benin shows a pure color green horizontal band on the left side and an equally vertical proportioned yellow and red on the right.

Figuring out what country was the flag you saw is very easy if it was Benin’s flag because not all flags has three big parts colored and also almost no flags in the world has no ensigns or symbols in it. However, this is not to show that Benin is a local or simple country.

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