Central Africa Republic Flag
History of the Central African Republic
The Central African Republic flag was adopted in 1958 and features 4 horizontal bands in the colors blue, white, green, and yellow. In the middle of these horizontal bands is a vertical red band and in the left-hand corner of the flag is a 5-pointed yellow star. The colors are very symbolic to the country and its history as they are used to signify the harmony between the Europeans and the Africans. The red, white, and blue represent France (Tricolor flag) and the red, yellow, and green are symbolic of the Pan-African colors. The red vertical band is what connects them both to show the harmony and unity. The 5-pointed yellow star in the corner symbolizes independence. The red color is significant for the fight for independence and the bloodshed, the blue color symbolizes freedom, the white color symbolizes peace, and the yellow color symbolizes independence as well as the savannas within the country. The Central African Republic Flag was adopted on December 1st, 1958, when the country became the "Central African Republic."
The Central African Republic is a landlocked country, located in Central Africa. It shares borders with Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. Its largest city and capital city is called "Bagui." In 1885, the French and Germans began to arrive in the country and in 1894, the French established a colony, the "Ubangi-Shari territory." During this period, the French flag was flown over the region. Following World War II, in 1946, the French African people began to rebel and to seek independence and in 1948, they voted to become an independent republic, yet remaining within the French territory. It wasn't until 1960 that the Central African Republic received full independence from the French and became an independent republic with the first President David Dacko. In 1966, Jean-Bedel Bokassa became President of the country and in 1976, the Central African Republic become a monarchy (Central African Empire) which led to disastrous consequences. In 1979, following Bokassa's overthrow, the Central African Monarchy, once again, became a republic.
The Central African Republic is still considered to be a very poor country, yet it is home to many beautiful landmarks and scenery that do attract tourists. The capital city, Bagui is located on the Ubagi River and is the home of many attractions that include central market (renowned for malachite necklaces), Boganda museum, the cathedral, and the Saint Paul mission. The Central African Republic mainly consists of savannas and is home to the most lowland gorillas and forest elephants. It is also home to the "Boali Falls" (one of its most popular landmarks), the "Dzanga-Ndoki National Park," where the biggest forest in the country resides as well as the largest population of gorillas, and the "Kaga-Kpoungouvou caves," which are famous for housing many slaves during their escape.
Central African Republic National Anthem
The Renaissance (La Renaissance)
Oh! Central Africa, cradle of the Bantu!
Take up again your right to respect, to life!
Long subjugated, long scorned by all,
But, from today, breaking tyranny's hold.
Through work, order and dignity
You reconquer your rights, your unity,
And to take this new step
The voice of our ancestors call us.
To work! In order and dignity,
in the respect for rights and in unity,
Breaking poverty and tyranny,
Holding high the flag of the Fatherland.