The flag of the Central African Republic was adopted on December 1, 1958. It was designed by Barthelemy Boganda, the first president of the autonomous territory of Oubangui-Chari, who believed that "France and Africa must march together." Thus he combined the red, white, blue of the French tricolour and the Pan-African colors red, green and yellow.
According to its official description, red symbolizes the blood of the people of the nation, the blood that was spilt in order to bring it independence, and the blood that they would spill to protect their nation. Blue represents the sky and freedom. White represents peace, and dignity. Green represents hope, and faith. Yellow represents tolerance.
From 1976-1979, during the existence of the Central African Empire, a separate flag was designed for emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa's use. This flag was light green in color, with a gold-colored eagle in the center superimposed over a 20-pointed gold star, inspired by the eagle on the imperial standard of Napoleon Bonaparte. The nation's national flag, however, remained unchanged.