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Barranquilla (Atlantico, Colombia)

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by Carlos Thompson, 10 November 2004

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The Flag

This was the Cartagena State flag (1811-14) and the United Provinces on New Granada provisional flag (1814). The star is eighpointed, but is frequently drawn fivepointed. This flag was previously reported as Atlantico Department flag.
Jaume Olle' , 8 September 1996

I was in Barranquilla, Colombia, a couple of weeks ago and I found out that cuadrilongas with eight-pointed stars where far more common than those with five pointed stars. Actually the only cuadrilonga with a five-pointed star I saw was painted on a wall. I could not get confirmation by any native, though.
So even if the five-pointed star flag is the official one, the eight-pointed star flag (same as the flag of Cartagena) is the flag in common use.
Carlos Thompson, 15 May 2004

Barranquilla official site <> seems to officially confirm the cuadrilonga flag with eight-pointed star and a Coat of Arms with some diferent elements than the Atlantico Coat of Arms.
Carlos Thompson, 11 August 2004

At the website of the Barranquilla District Mayor's office, the flag is shown and described. They describe the flag as composed of three rectangles or elonged squares (cuadrados longos --> cuadrilonga), red, yellow and greem with an eight-pointed star.   This confirm my observations in Barranquilla of the eight-pointed star. above is such a flag with 1:1:2:1:11:1:6:1:1 distribution. (I have seen also 1:1:1:1:1 flags).   This should make Barranquilla flag equal to Cartagena flag (and both equal to the historical Cartagena flag).   However, most flags displayed in Cartagena do show a diference: non of the points in the star points to the top.  as shown in <>.  I do not know, however, if there is an official difference.
Carlos Thompson, 10 November 2004

Flag with 5 points Star

by Jaume Olle', 15 May 2000

Above is the flag according the constitution provisions. Same image is feautured in the arms. The 8 pointed yellow star is the supposed original flag of the republic of Cartagena was described only after that the provincial flag was already adopted. When the provincial flag was adopted the Cartagena republic flag was reconstructed as the above and was adopted as such.
Jaume Olle' , 15 May 2000

I live in Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia. The green, red-white-fringed, five-point star flag is the flag of the city of Barranquilla, and the 8 Points Star Version is one is the Cartagena's.
Carlos A. Leiva, 18 July 2000

Coat of Arms

from <>