When were Flags First Used?

What is a flag? It is a symbol or sign made of cloth. It can be carried, flown, or waved. And it is used to say that the people who carry it or display it belong to certain country or organization. The idea of a flag probably originated thousands of years ago among early hunters and warriors.

They wanted to be sure that both friends and enemies would be able to identify them and know whether to be ready to fight or to be feathers of a bird. In ancient Egypt, the soldiers carried a pole with the metal image of a bird, animal, or some other object at the end of it.

The first flags were probably made of animal skins or the feathers of a bird. The first flags made of a cloth were used by the ancient Chinese had cloth flags as long ago as 1100 B.C. in early Roman times, the soldiers also carried figures of different animals on poles.


Then they began to use cloth flags, too. During  the Middle Ages, flags of all kinds were common in Europe. The Crusaders carried flags in their religious wars.

Flags were used by noble or royal families, with special symbols that identified the family. Probably the oldest national flag is that of Denmark. It has a white cross on a red ground and the legend is that it originated in 1219.

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