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African countries have gone through many changes in recent history. This includes their flags. The current flags have elements that represent concepts and ideas important to that country. Each flag is unique in its own way. Below are the flags for the African countries beginning with the letter T.
The current flag of Tanzania was adopted in 1964. It is derived from the flags of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Tanzania's flag is divided diagonally by a yellow-edged black band from the lower hoist-side corner to the upper fly corner. The upper triangle on the hoist side of the flag is green while the lower triangle is blue. The color green represents the natural vegetation of the country. The color gold represents Tanzania's rich mineral deposits. The color black represents the native Swahili people. The color blue represents the country's many lakes and rivers as well as the Indian Ocean.
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The current flag of Togo was adopted on April 27, 1960. The flag was designed by artist Paul Ahyi. It has five equal horizontal bands of green and yellow. There is a white five-pointed star on a red square in the upper hoist-side corner. The design is similar to the flag of Liberia. The five horizontal stripes represent the five different regions of Togo. The color red square represents the loyalty and patriotism of the people. The color green green represents hope, fertility and agriculture. The color yellow represents mineral wealth and faith that hard work and strength will bring prosperity. The star represents life, purity, peace, dignity and Togo's independence.
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Tristan da Cunha
The current flag of Tristan da Cunha was adopted on October 20, 2002. The flag was designed by Graham Bartram. Previously, as a dependency of Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha used the Flag of Saint Helena for official purposes. The flag is blue with a small flag of the UK in the upper corner on the hoist side of the flag. In the lower corner in the fly side is the coat of arms of Tristan da Cunha. The coat of arms is a Tristan longboat above a Naval Crown, with a central shield decorated with four yellow-nosed albatrosses and with two Tristan rock lobsters on each side. Below is a scroll with the territory's motto - "Our faith is our strength".
The current flag of Tunisia has been in use since roughly 1831. The Bey of Tunis Al-Husayn II ibn Mahmud created the flag after the Battle of Navarino on October 20, 1827. is predominantly red and consists of a white circle in the middle containing a red crescent around a five-pointed star. The flag is red with a white disk in the center bearing a red crescent nearly encircling a red five-pointed star. Tunisia's flag resembles the Ottoman flag recalling Tunisia's history as part of the Ottoman Empire. The crescent and star are traditional symbols of Islam.
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