Thursday, November 3, 2011

A forlorn alignment of Grenada and St. Kitts-Nevis pre-independence flags

Retired Flag of St. Kitts & Nevis
adopted in 1967

Before Grenada and St. Kitts-Nevis became independent nations from the UK, their flags had similar patterns and colours. However note that Anguilla would later leave the Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla threesome and remain a 'colony' of the UK unto this very day.

Coincidentally in 1967 both Grenada and St. Kitts & Nevis adopted the colours sky blue, yellow, and green with a plant in the central honor position. St. Kitts & Nevis used a vertical tri-panel, while Grenada used a horizontal tri-panel. Another difference is that Grenada had a centrally placed nutmeg fruit dangling from a branch, while St. Kitts and Nevis (Anguilla as well) used a black tropical palm tree.

Retired Flag of Grenada
adopted in 1967

Their pre-independence flags were temporal twins, since both were adopted in 1967. Likewise both nations are a part of the Caribbean and have similar yet distinct histories and cultures. Neither nation would hold on to their early designs or colours. However the essence of these flags would live on in another Caribbean nation - St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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