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Why Flags Were Never Purple

A natural wonder reserved only for the rich

A faded print of the USA flag with hints of purple

Before 1900, there were 77 countries in the world — yet not one had the colour purple on its flag. But why?

First, we must go back in time to the thirteenth century. Synthetic dyes were not invented for another 700 years. The earliest known national flag, the English Cross of Saint George, was now instated.

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Victoria Jane

Past dietitian | Present home-schooling mum and writer | Future ... who knows what?! | Gaining wisdom through experience and reflection.