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by Mark Sensen
Note: Only the French Flag is Official in Guadeloupe.
Saint-Barthélémy is a small island (21 sq. km, 5038 inhabitants) located ca. 200 km North-West of Guadeloupe (between Anguilla, St Kitts and Antigua). It is a dependency of Guadeloupe and constitutes, along with the French part of Saint-Martin island, the arrondissement of Saint-Martin-Saint-Barthélémy.
Ivan Sache, 2 April 1999
Following 6th December referendum, the French government said it's preparing a constitutional law separating St Martin (French part) and St Barthelemy (Separately) from the Guadeloupe overseas departement. This means both will become Overseas Collectivities (like St Pierre & Miquelon, and Mayotte), and probably get an ISO country code.
Jean-François Blanc, 2 January 2004
by Pascal Gross
Armand du Payrat quoted a touristic leaflet showing this flag beside french tricolour, white field with the coat of arms.
Pascal Gross, 30 September 1998
The three fleurs de lys recall the fact that the island of Saint-Barthélémy was French from 1648 to 1785 and since 1878. The Maltese Cross is for the fact that the island was belonging to the possessions of the Order of Malta (1651-1665). The three crowns are for the belonging of the island to Sweden from 1785 to 1878. The mural crown is the former symbol of the Greek gods protecting the cities and that the cities of the First French Empire retook. The two pelicans are to be found on the isle. Ouanalao is the local name of the island.
Source: - Heraldic postcard drawn by Mireille Louis, ca. 1970.
Pascal Vagnat, 24 October 1998
by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2001
Saint Barthelemy Yacht Club has a burgee quartered blue-red-red-blue with the initials S B Y C in white in the quarters, respectively.
Source: http://www.saintbarth.org/sbyc/sbycdetails.htm .
Ivan Sache, 19 May 2001