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Historical Flags 1873-1874 (Spain)

(First) Spanish Republic, República Española

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[First Spanish Republic 1873-1874 (Spain)] 2:3
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The First Spanish Republic existed during 1873-1874. Unlike the Second Republic, its flag was the same as the 1785 one only without the crown. Actually the law said a piece of material be stitched over the crown in the existing flags, so the coat-of-arms left was not centred vertically but slightly offset to the bottom of the middle stripe.

Santiago Dotor, 01 Jul 1999

Unofficial 1873 Republican Flags

[Unofficial Republican Flag (First Spanish Republic, 1873-1874)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 Jan 2009
[Unofficial Republican Flag (First Spanish Republic, 1873-1874)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 Jan 2009

When the first Republic came into being in 1873 flags with the colour purple appeared in several parts of Spain, mainly in the South and South-East, and many a ship of the Navy in Cadiz and Cartagena unofficially hoisted tricoloured flags of red, yellow and purple horizontal bands, sometimes also in red, white and purple. The first Republic however never did adopt that colour, the national flag remained yellow and red as before – only the royal crown was removed from the coats-of-arms on the flags, being re-established in 1875. There is correspondence in the Archives of the Naval Museum of Madrid about that period, where you can read that the Navy High Command ordered the captains of several men-of-war in the Naval base of Cadiz to remove the tricoloured flags!

Emil Dreyer, 21 Jan 2001

First Republic Military Flags

The first republic's Navy flag was without arms. The first republic's Army flags were with arms but without crown (Quarterly 1-4 Castile, 2-3 Leon, enté en point Granada; but without the escutcheon of dynastic arms). Behind the coat of arms the Burgundian saltire.

Luis Miguel Arias Pérez, 05 Jan 2007