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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New readers and their flags, the blog at 95

Readers from two countries not previously showing up on my blog stats clicked in today, bringing the number of countries the blog has reached to 95, I'm stunned, and would love to know what postings attracted them, or how they found it, and if they used the translation device in the left sidebar, or read it in English. Ah, so many questions
The first is especially meaningful to me, Greece, the birthplace of western civilization about 3,200 BC. There's too much history to even attempt to summarize here.
But the flag has a rich heritage. The white cross symbolizes Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the religion of Greece and Cyprus...and I have readers there too.he nine stripes have two different possibilities, representing the nine syllables of the Greek words for "Freedom (the blue) or Death (the white)." I'm reminded of New Hampshire's motto: "Live Free or Die." The stripes may also go way back to symbolize the nine muses, the goddess of art and civilization. the flag was official adopted in 1822,
The nine stripes have two different possibilities, representing the nine syllables of the Greek words for "Freedom (the blue) or Death (the white)." I'm reminded of New Hampshire's motto: "Live Free or Die." The stripes may also go way back to symbolize the nine muses, the goddess of art and civilization. the flag was official adopted in 1822,


The other country new today is Ghana, a remnant of the Ghanan empire before European explorers began sacking the country in the 1600s. The first were the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch, and then the British, taking over in 1898.
What attracted them? Natural resources, especially gold and ivory. The English named the entire area "the Gold Coast" and the French, impressed with the peoples' jewelry,  named it "Cote d'Ivoire," both names that have stuck.
 The current flag was adopted when Ghana gained independence from Britain in 1957. The back star in the center is the star of African freedom , and the three bands in traditional African colors are red for the bloodshed of those who fought for independence, yellow for the country's mineral wealth, and green for the forests. Ghana comes from the word "Warrior King." This is the 11th country in Africa to have blog readers here.

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