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Republic of the Rio Grande
City of Laredo
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Adopted 1840
Design A horizontal bicolor with white on top and black on the bottom. The left-most third is a red strip with three white stars arranged in a vertical line

The flag of the Republic of the Rio Grande was used in 1840, during 283 days from January 17 to November 6, as long as the republic existed. This country was formed by the northeastern Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. The flag was no longer used following the defeat of the Republic of the Rio Grande by Mexican troops.

The flag of the Republic of the Rio Grande has a red hoist with three white stars run evenly along the hoist. The three stars represent the three states that seceded: Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. The fly is split into a white upper fly and a black lower fly. It was designed to be similar to the Flag of Texas, as the Republic of the Rio Grande was fighting for the same ideals as the Republic of Texas was.

The city of Laredo, Texas uses the flag as its city flag, while also incorporating it and the six flags over the rest of Texas on its city coat of arms. Laredo had served as the capital of the brief republic, and in the present day is known as "The City Under Seven Flags".

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