What Does the Spanish Flag Mean?

What Does the Spanish Flag Mean?

Welcome to Spain, home to
bullfighting, world class football teams, 89 cathedrals,
beautiful beaches, and siestas. Officially the Kingdom
of Spain, Spain is kind of like a
kingdom of kingdoms, much like how the United
Kingdom is, as well. The UK flag represents
three different kingdoms that make up the country,
England, Scotland, and Ireland. The Spanish flag
is kind of the same by trying to represent the
individual kingdoms that make up the whole nation. When looking at the
flag, we see symbols to represent the Kingdom of
Castile, the Kingdom of Leon, the Kingdom of Aragon, and
the Kingdom of Navarre. The pomegranate symbolizes the
city and province of Granada. The center fleur-de-lis is for
the ruling house of Bourbon. The pillars on either end are
for the Straits of Gibraltar. Never mind the awkward situation
that Gibraltar, itself, is a British overseas
territory, home to over 30,000 British citizens. The motto plus ultra
meaning further beyond, the red and yellow probably
coming from previous Aragonese and Catalan influences. And finally, the
crown to symbolize the King who rules over all of
this, minus Gibraltar itself. But Spain is divided
into 17 regions. And the flag represents
only a handful of them. Here is Castille and
Leon, Castille La Mancha, Aragon, Navarre. Granada is located over here,
and the Straits of Gibraltar are here. But why, you may
ask, does the flag leave all these
other regions out like Galicia, Asturia, the
Basque country, Catalonia, and others off the flag? The question as to
why that’s the case can be answered by a real
life game of civilization. Over 1,000 years ago, the
land that is now Spain was conquered by
the Islamic Moors. This thing called the
Reconquista happened where Christian kingdoms
started to take back the ground that they had lost. The biggest of these
Reconquista kingdoms were Aragon, Navarre,
Castille, Leon, and Portugal. But Castile became the very
most important of these when the kingdom
absorbed Leon in 1230 because of confusing
medieval inheritance laws. But the union gave
us this emblem. Castile then set up the most
famous arranged marriage in history when Isabella of
Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon got hitched, basically
uniting the two kingdoms. Their marriage started the
use of this banner, which combined the symbols of Castile,
Leon, and Aragon all together. Castile would go on to
conquer the last Moorish state of Granada in 1492, which
ended Islamic rule in Spain. And Castile finally
annexed Navarre in 1515. So at this point,
Castile and Aragon were different kingdoms
ruled by the same person. But medieval succession laws
are nothing short of crazy, and the flags often change with
whoever was currently in power. So let’s have a short summary. Isabella, Queen of Castile,
and Ferdinand, King of Aragon, had a daughter
together named Joanna. In 1496, Joanna married this
apparently attractive guy named Philip the
Handsome who was from a different royal
family, the house of Habsburg. In a world where you can
marry your daughter off to some family and gain a
claim on their land and money and where that family in
question ruled all of this, then it makes perfect sense. Feelings of love be damned. But Isabella died in
1504 and that made Joanna the new Queen of Castile. She, unfortunately,
gained the madness trait somewhere along
the way, however, and became known as
Joanna the Mad thereafter. Her handsome
husband, Philip, was crowned King in
1506, which meant that marrying their daughter
off to gain those sweet claims kind of backfired. And Philip Von Habsburg started
making Castile use this flag. But Phillip died
just a few months after being King and poor,
poor Joanna was declared insane and sent to a nunnery
for the rest of her life. Daddy Ferdinand must
have had nothing to do with that decision, so
he took his rightful place as Regeant of Castile, until
he also died ten years later. The eldest son of
Johanna and Philip named Charles then
became the King of Aragon after him and the
Regeant of Castile since Joanna technically
was still Queen, but also technically
bat shit crazy. Charles was elevated to the
full title of King of Castile the very next year
in 1517 and ushered in nearly 200 years
of Habsburg rule in Spain using this flag,
known as the Cross of Burgundy. Charles also first introduced
the motto of Plus Ultra into Spain. According to legend, that
big strong guy from Greece built two pillars at the Straits
of Gibraltar with the motto Ne Plus Ultra, or nothing
further beyond, which symbolized the
edge of the world. And everybody listened
to that warning, except for you, Leif Erikson. Until Columbus blew
everybody’s minds, except for you Leif Erikson,
when he returned and said surprise, there’s actually
stuff on that other side of the ocean. Charles laughed and Spain
laughed and just changed the saying that had lasted
for thousands of years to just Plus Ultra. Yep, it turns out
that Hercules guy had hindered thousands of
years of discovery, the prick. But the last Habsburg King
of Spain died in 1700, and awkwardly stated in his
will that he wanted Philip de Bourbon to succeed
him to the throne. This started a really
long and complicated war that basically established
the Bourbon dynasty in Spain and also awkwardly gave
Gibraltar to the British. With a new family in
power, that meant an update to the coat of
arms and the flags. Philip became Philip
V and established that this coat of arms and
this flag with the first use of the blue fleur-de-lis that
we see in the current flag. His clever son, Charles III,
slightly updated the flag in 1760 to look like this. And then in 1785, came to
the rational conclusion that it was really hard to
see this flag from a distance and know what country
it actually belonged to. He ordered that his Naval
Minister create a new flag idea that would solve this problem. So the Minister
drew up 12 sketches and Charles really,
really liked this one, which became the new
flag of the Spanish Navy. The Spanish monarchs
and the people liked it so much
that they finally adopted it in 1843 as the
first national flag of Spain. But dirty peasant Republicans
overthrew the monarchy in 1873, but they still liked the flag. So all they did was
remove the crown from it. But the monarchy took back
power the next year in 1874 and put the crown
back on the flag, and ruled with that same flag
all the way until dirty peasant Republicans overthrew the
monarchy for a second time in 1931. This time, the Republicans were
serious about their flag change and came up with this idea,
which really messed up the color scheme, but also first
added the pillars of Hercules and the Plus Ultra motto. This guy was disgusted
by the thought of democracy and the
weird purple striped flag. He wanted to end it and a
lot of people supported him. But a lot of other
people didn’t. They had a three year
long fight and he won, removing filthy
democracy from Spain and ushering in
this flag design. At first, he just removed that
awful, awful purple stripe. But then influenced by
his love of fascism, he went a little further and
he added this eagle to it. Is Spain part of the cool
kids in Europe club now? Since Ferdinand and Isabella
drove out the last Muslims from Spain and Franco drove
out the last Republicans and communists, he tried to
linken his regime to them by using this similar shield
in the center of his flag. And he also added the
ironic words, una grande y libre, meaning
one great and free. The design was slightly
changed to this in 1945 after all the fascist
governments in Europe were obliterated except for
his and remained that way all the way until 1977. Franco didn’t die until 1975
when he was 82 years old and the Bourbon
monarchy was restored just two days later after being
absent from Spain since 1931. This flag was passed in 1977,
which has some slight redesigns but Spain finally adopted a
constitution the next year in 1978 that established
the current official flag. So this old flag is really rare. Less rare these
days is this flag, which if you attend
any Spanish football matches you will
likely see dozens of. Thanks for watching and
leave your ideas, thoughts, and comments about the
next flag video below. This was Real Life Lore.

100 thoughts on “What Does the Spanish Flag Mean?

  1. The falg doesnt represent spain, just it was designed for see which ships were spanish and which werent

  2. The uk flag represents Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, not Ireland. They are two different countries

  3. El real de a 8,peso de ocho,peso fuerte,peso duro o dólar español,fue una moneda de plata con valor de ocho reales acuñada por el Imperio español después de la reforma monetaria de 1497 que estableció el realespañol.. 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸

  4. At 1:08 he said that Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Aragon and Valencian community it's the same. Well I'm from Majorca and I know that Majorcans are very angry with each others.

  5. The black eagle during the dictatorship doesn'tcome from the common fascist eagle. It's posible that Franco decided to put it inspired by that, but that symbol had his origins on Elisabeth from Castille, the catholic queen. It was a simbol of Saint Jon from the byble. The eagle was the animal that represented his script like the Lyon to St Marcos for example. Due to his value representing the histórical past with the catholic kings, was reincorporated by a nationalcatholic regim equallly like many other countries do with symbols from myths of the past glorious days.

  6. The people of Gibraltar voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. When is Spain returning Ceurta and Melilla to Morocco?

  7. 🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴

  8. Do the Danish flag, it is the oldest in the world still in use, it has its own name and legend of origin

  9. spain i still don't forget to take my country you son of bitch you steal my country in past Maharlika Filipinas you made my country Hard You kill too many Filipino

  10. Leif erikson?! Eskimos look a lot like albines from the cock peninsula. Thats a nordic version of history not a fact

  11. ⚪⚪⚪🔵⚪⚪⚪⚪



  12. Ireland isn’t part of the United Kingdom Northern Ireland is the rest is made up by England and Scotland if your going to teach people something get your facts right

  13. 🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴
    🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴 Catalonia independent

  14. I was in spain (Barcelona) 2 days ago, Greetings from France to my Spanish Friends and Catalan people ! (I even bought a beautiful spanish and Catalonian flag)

  15. The main kingdoms to get back Spain were Castile, Leon, Navarre, Aragon, Granada and Portugal
    The Portuguese: were gonna pull an epic gamer move

    🇵🇹 independence 🇪🇸
    /[]√ √[√]
    / /

  16. The last habsburg king of spain it wasn't Philip II, is Charles II of Habsburg is the last Spain's Habsburg king.

  17. Dejad en paz a España. No os acordáis ya de la paliza militar que os dieron en la Coruña, Blas de Lezo, Luis de Córdoba, Antonio Gutiérrez en Canarias, Gálvez, y tantos otros héroes españoles? Siempre intentando dañar a España! Por cierto, Gibraltar será de nuevo español .

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