Saturday, 7 February 2015

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is the capital city of the American state of Louisiana. Its the second largest Metropolitan city in the state, a growing technology centre in the US South, and ninth largest port in the USA.
This is the city's current flag:
The red field represents the Native Americans who inhabited the area, They erected red poles alongside the Mississippi River, which game the city its name (Baton Rouge comes from the French for red stick). The shield in the colours of the US flag (I don't think its the actual coat of arms) incorporates the fleur de lee of the Kingdom of France, The Castile of Spain and the (Pr 1801) Union Jack of Great Britain, representing the European nations who's flags have flown over the settlement.
It ranks 80th with a score of 3.95 for city flags by the North American Vexillological Association, so it is by no means the worst flag, but its by no means the best.
I redesigned the flag slightly:
It keeps the same symbolism as the actual flag, it has the text removed so its more ecologically correct. The black stripes represent the fact that the city is home to the second largest oil refinery in the US. The 32 stars represent the 32 historical neighbourhoods.
I am not too sure on the shield. I generally don't like Union Jacks on shields but I think this one is probably unique.

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