Flags representing nations first appeared in the 17th century and most European countries had their own flags by the end of the 19th century. However, the majority of the national flags used in Africa today were designed in the latter half of the 20th century. This is because, prior to the 1960's, the continent of Africa was divided and ruled by the European powers, and so they used the flags of their own governments. With the onset of independence new nations emerged, and so with them, new flags. This quiz is about just a few of the 58 flags which are used in Africa today.