The flag connected to the African state known as the Republic of Seychelles was adopted in 1996 and is a 1:2 ratio flag with five colored lines emerging from its lower left corner and fanning outward. The spreading design of these five color bands is indicative of the nation’s desire to continually move forward. The color symbolism of the flag, listed in each color’s arrangement from left to right, positions the blue strip as a representative for the sky and sea; the yellow strip represents life and the sun; the red strip represents the people of Seychelles and their steadfast desire to compassionately work together; the white strip represents harmony and equity and the green strip represents the natural terrain and vegetation of the island.
While the Seychelles remained populated by only indigenous people for centuries, it did not have a national flag until France planted its own tricolor flag of red, white, and blue in 1756; the country’s name even comes from Séchelles, France’s Minister of Finance under King Louis XV. France would maintain dominance over this hub of trade and piracy until Britain sought to oust the French from the area; this back and forth occurred from 1794 to 1810. After this point in time, the Seychelles became part of British rule by way of France’s surrender of Mauritius. While Seychelles would eventually become its own British colony in 1903, separate from Mauritius, the only difference in its flag between 1810 and 1903 is which coat of arms was represented in the right half of the flag; both versions retained the standard Union Jack in the upper left corner against a navy blue background. The flag would receive a slight adjustment to the design of its coat of arms in 1961, changing the circular border to a tall ovoid shape; this redesigned flag would fly until Seychelles was granted independence by Great Britain’s Commonwealth of Nations in 1976.
The Seychelles’ first national flag to fly as a newly independent republic consisted of white lines coming from the four corners to make an “X” with blue triangles along the top and bottom and red triangles on the right and left; this flag flew for only a single year before a regime change. The last Seychelles flag prior to the current one consisted of a wavy, white, horizontal line that separated a red upper segment and a green lower segment.