Illustration of a blue and white striped flag over blue text on a white background
The Argentina flag pictured has existed since 1816 until the addition of a sun with 32 alternating rays. The sun bearing flag was originally restricted to military use only until its adoption as the national flag in 1818. There are two versions as to what the Argentina flag represents. The first version states the blue of the flag represents the Rio de la Plata and the white stripe represents silver metal due to early conquerors belief that large amounts of silver were hidden in Argentina’s rivers. The second version states the colors represent the Bourbon Dynasty of Spain.