The flag has its origins on the battlefields of ancient times. 4,000 years ago armies in the Middle East carried bronze flags before them, and 2,000 years later the legions of Rome held aloft representations of eagles as they marched into battle.
By the Middle Ages flags had become a more personal affair and heraldic symbols were painted onto shields as a means of identifying individual knights. Then, at the start of the Renaissance military regiments adopted their own standards and battlefields became festooned with various flags, each identifying a different unit.
Flags representing nations first appeared in the 17th century. Before then countries had usually been represented by their ruler’s coat of arms. Britain started to fly the newly designed Union Jack in 1606 after the union of England and Scotland and, following their revolutions in the late 18th century, the USA and France both started to use their own flags too.
Most of Europe followed suit during the 19th century, as did the South American colonies when they gained independence from their European rulers. The Far Eastern countries adopted their flags in the latter part of the 19th century and the last countries to take up flags of their own were the former colonial nations of Africa, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent.
These quizzes about the flags of the world will test your knowledge of the subject. They will also teach you a little about the history and geography of the nations they represent, and something about the symbolism used in the flags. If you want to learn more about geography or history then why not play the KS2 and KS3 Quizzes? They’re a mine of information!
|African Flags 1|
|African Flags 2|
|African Flags 3|
|African Flags 4|
|African Flags 5|
|African Flags 6|
|Asian Flags 1|
|Asian Flags 2|
|Asian Flags 3|
|Asian Flags 4|
|Asian Flags 5|
|European Flags 1|
|European Flags 2|
|European Flags 3|
|European Flags 4|
|European Flags 5|
|European Flags 6|
|North and South American Flags 1|
|North and South American Flags 2|
|North and South American Flags 3|
|North and South American Flags 4|
|North and South American Flags 5|
|North and South American Flags 6|
|Oceanic Flags 1|
|Oceanic Flags 2|
|Oceanic Flags 3|