At first glance, the Chilean and Texas flags look almost identical. They can be easily confused since they each contain the same elements: a lone star on a blue background and horizontal red and white bands.
Which Flag Came First?
Chile’s flag was born of a storied history and went through several versions before arriving at a form very similar to today’s in October, 1817:
Due to the complex design of this flag, it was soon thereafter simplified into the form we know today:
The Texas flag was officially adopted on January 24, 1839, as the final national flag of the Republic of Texas.
Chile’s flag predates the Texan flag by over 21 years and clearly came first.
What is the difference between flags?
The main difference between the Chile and Texas flags is the left side of the flag: the lone star on the blue background.
The blue vertical stripe on the Texas flag extends from the top to the bottom of the flag. The lone star sits in the middle of this area:
The Chilean flag, on the other hand, has its lone star in the upper left corner. The bottom red horizontal stripe, stretches the length of the flag: