British Honduras used between the 2nd February 1950 and the 21st of September 1981 a monochrome blue flag with a white disk in the middle. Within this disk was positioned the coat of arms. This was awarded by king Edward VII. in the year 1907. It is surrounded by a garland of fifty leafs, a hint to the year 1950, because in this year arises the movement for independence and sovereignty. In context with the declaration of independence on 21st of September in 1981 it was a few changed, and came into her today's form.
The flag was above and below added by a red border. He stands for the United Democratic Party, the then opposition party. The changing was made, because the unchanged flag would be to much resemble the flag of the United People's Party, which led the land into the independence, yet.
The coat of arms of British Honduras descends already from the year 1819, but gets officially not until it's awarding by king Edward VII. on 28th of January in 1907. It shows by diverse tools the significance of the forestry. The shield is divided in three parts. In the first, silvery field, left above, an axe crossed with a paddle, in the canton of the field until 1967 the British Union Jack. In the second, golden field, right above, an axe and a tree saw. In the third, blue field, below, a vessel. Above the shield a mahogany tree. The shield was initially held by two Negros in white trousers. In the year 1967 the left shield holder became a Creole. The both shield holders symbolize the several ethnic population groups. Underneath the shield a motto-ribbon with the Latin inscription: "SUB UMBRA FLOREO" => "I flower in the shadow".
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