Get to know the history of the flag of Cusco

Flag of Cusco

In 1978, the Imperial City flag was officially made up of 7 horizontal stripes. Although the chronicles closest to the colonial era made scarce mentions about the symbols to the military body of the Inca Empire, it is known that there was a banner, the same that was used by the armies of the Tahuantinsuyo when they came to a new Territory.


Bernabé Cobo and the history of the flag of Cusco

According to the chronic history of the New World of Bernabé Cobo, the Inca standard contained a square banderilla of cotton or wool that did not flutter. On it was a drawing of each military chief with their weapons, it is known that the Inca Generals had a celestial arch. He also pointed out that the edge of the banner of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire was characterized by having feathers of different colors.

Although the purpose of patriotic symbols is to represent a nation, the Inca standard has not yet been shown to have been employed in this way. On the other hand, some specialists linked the motives explained by the chronicler Bernabé Cobo in Queros and in a horizontal structure of the College of Caciques of Cusco. In both cases there is a similarity to a rainbow that originates from the mouths of two Pumas.


Cooperativism in the Imperial city

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It was at the beginning of the TWENTIETH century that was used for the first time the cooperative flag, the same that has a similar image to the rainbow. The 7-color symbol represents “unity in the face of diversity” and was proposed by the leader of Familisterio de Guisa: F. Bernardot. Years later, such a flag was institutionalized in the world on the initiative of Charles Gid in the Executive Committee of the International Cooperative Alliance.

In 1960 the cooperativism was very accepted, 20 years later it reached a glorious time due to the rise of the very fast and continuous price level that was given during the government of the Peruvian President Alan García. In addition, Julio Gilberto Muñiz, a former mayor of the Imperial city, indicated that the present appearance of the patriotic symbol was given thanks to a proposal by Flora Tristán: writer, socialist thinker and French feminist of Peruvian descent.

In 1973, the speaker Raúl Montesinos Espejo de Radio Tawantinsuyo presented the rainbow flag as the symbol of the Inca Empire. What’s more, an important brewing agency invested in its clothing and the flag was placed in the Plaza de Armas of the Imperial city. Although the symbol was immediately accepted by the population, there is still no evidence about its origins.


The flag of Cusco today

It was in 1978 that the rainbow flag was chosen as the symbol of CUSCO, this was given thanks to the Municipal resolution N ° 17 and it was by initiative Mario Cutimbo Hinojosa. Illustrious Master Cusquenian.

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