Last modified: 2011-12-16 by antónio martins
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After the dynastic crisis of 1383-1385, newly emerged King João I,
Master of the Avis Order, added its green
fleur-de-lys cross to his flag, wich lasted for 100 years. This is the first
confirmed flag for Portugal, previous may have existed only as coats of
arms. According to some sources (Smith included)
these colors of red and green would influence the
republican flag, but that’s totally unbased. This flag was also
used in the 20th century as the banner of the fascist paramilitary youth
state organization Mocidade Portuguesa,
during the 1932-1974 right-wing dictatorship.
António Martins, 21 May 1997
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