A symbolic choice of flag

drapeaucorsePascal Paoli officialized the Corsican flag

Representing a black Moorish head on a white background, several hypotheses have been advanced as to the origin. Paoli would have stated: “The Corsicans want to see clear, freedom must walk the torch of philosophy, one might say that we fear the light”. It also appears that the Moor’s head was represented on the flag of Arrigo della Rocca, leader of Aragon in 14th century Corsica. To be noted also, during the Italian Renaissance, a Moor’s head was an emblem of Cagliari and Sardinia, and could have appeared on the emblem of the mercenaries, resulting in both Corsica and Sardinia possessing the same flag.

Appearing on maps and within documents throughout history, it could be confirmed that the beginning may well have gone as far back as the 1...

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