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In that period both the arms-on-white and the
Christ Knights’ Cross on green were
used, but the latter being always regarded as unofficial (although much
more popular!). The chronicles of this time are not very clear about it,
but many historians (especially Jaime Cortesão and more recently
José Hermano Saraiva) do agree on this point.
António Martins, 22 May 1997
The royal standard 1640-1656 (João IV) added a complete blue border
to the previous white one.
Mario Fabretto, 25 May 1997
King João IV (1640-1656) used the Portuguese coat of arms on blue.
This king has made himself alterations to the prior coat of arms, but kept
the kingdom’s flag white.
António Martins, 28 September 1997
The Principality of Brazil was created for Teodósio (1634-53), Duke
of Barcelos and Bragança and Prince of Portugal, elder son of João
IV, but he died before his father. So, the Portuguese crown went to his second
living brother Afonso, Afonso VI of Portugal.
Porfirio Suárez, 24 June 2008
While Dom João IV was the King of Portugal, his son Teodósio,
the heir to the throne, received the title of Prince of Brazil. So after
1645, every heir to the Portuguese throne was called Prince of Brazil (like
the Prince of Wales in the United Kingdom). Thus Brazil became a
principality and had its own flag. This flag can be interpreted as a
personal ensign of the prince, but nevertheless it is a flag to represent
the Brazilian Principality.
André Pires Godinho, 26 April 2003
It seems to me that this is really a Portuguese flag, not a Brazilian
one. F. Pereira Lessa points out on page 45 of Bandeiras Históricas do
Brasil [lsa40] this was essentially a
personal flag of the heir apparent to the Portuguese throne, not a flag
to represent Brazil itself — just as the flag of the Spanish
Prince of the Asturias is not the
Asturian flag and the standard of the
Prince of Wales is not the
Welsh flag. In addition, as I understand it,
designating Brazil a principality did not change the way it was governed,
and it would seem this flag probably never flew there.
Joseph McMillan, 03 May 2003
In chart [bel56], as shown in the cover
of [sie63], this is called «Pav. Blanc
de Portugal» (4th of the flags partly visible on the 6th row from the
bottom): White flag with a globe(?).
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 05 Jan 2001
Crampton [cra90] shows this armilliary
sphere on white labelling it as the flag of Brazil from 1649 to 1808.
He also has a deptiction of an old drawing (probably taken from French
cigarette cards) of this flag labelled «pavillion du Portugal»,
that is, portuguese ensign.
Jorge Candeias, 01 Aug 1998
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