The first state symbol of the Netherlands was the banner of the leader of the bourgeois revolution Wilhelm of orange. The flag was a canvas consisting of three equal horizontal colored stripes. Orange color symbolizes the Principality of orange, which was one of the feuds of the Kingdom of Burgundy. Blue color is a symbol of Nassau County, which is considered the place of origin of the Oran Royal dynasty. The white color of the banner means the struggle for freedom, independence and Supreme state power.
Flag Of The Netherlands 1572 – 1795
The white-orange-blue flag was a symbol of the Netherlands until the end of the 18th century. Admiralty Zealand set these flags on warships and merchant ships. The banner of William of orange was a symbol of the revolutionary uprising against the Spanish invaders in the 16th century. Later, the flag became the official state symbol of the Republic of the United provinces, formed during the Dutch bourgeois revolution. There were several variants of the banner with a different number of bands.
The modern flag of the Netherlands
In 1795, the orange color of the flag was replaced by red, and the blue stripe became blue. Historians still argue about what caused the change in colors.