The First Puerto Rican Flag
September 23, 1868
In the town of Lares, the outcry was known as “El Grito de Lares” for the independence of Puerto Ricans from their Colonist occupants. During that time, the first concept of the National Puerto Rican flag emerged, the flag of the revolutionaries, deeply symbolizing the ideals of the Grito de Lares revolution. Independence leader Ramon Emeterio Betances designed the first Puerto Rican flag, inspired by the design of the Dominican Republic’s flag due to the common ideal of being free from Spain and uniting to form the Antillean Confederation. The flag was embroidered by Mariela Bracetti. This flag was proclaimed the national flag of the Republic of Puerto Rico by Francisco Ramirez Medina, the first President.