There is a fascinating story behind nearly every flag. Yet, the story behind the Brazilian flag is amongst the most surprising. You might think, the green is… because there is so much jungle in the country and yellow, because of the sun … and maybe the stars represent each state – like the US flag. Well, not very close…
The development of the flags shows some globe in the early beginnings from 1645-1822. When Brazil became independent in 1822 the emperor decided to put green in the flag, which was the color of his ancestors (House of Braganza) and a yellow rhombus, dedicated to his Austrian wife’s ancestors, the Habsburg. In the middle of it, he put the arms of the Empire of Brazil.
When he was overthrown in 1889, the Republic replaced the King’s emblem with a blue circle with 27 white stars, reflecting the exact position of stars above Rio de Janeiro on November 15, 1889 – the day when Brazil became a new Republic. Inspired by the American flag, each star represents a specific state, plus one for the federal district.
“Ordem e Progresso” (“Order and Progress”) is inspired by August Comte’s: “L’amour pour principe et l’ordre pour base, le progrès pour but” (“Love as a principle and order as the basis: progress as the goal”).