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Tangier Island, Virginia (U.S.)

Accomack County

Last modified: 2012-05-05 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of the Tangier Island, Virginia] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 July 1997

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Description of the flag

Tangier Island in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay is dark blue with a St. Pirrans Cross in the canton. A black line 1/3 of up from bottom denotes the Maryland-Virginia state line and a green circle below the black horizontal line represents the island itself.
William M. Grimes-Wyatt, 12 March 1996

The Cornwall cross reflects the Cornish and Devon origins of most of the original settlers back in the 17th Century.
Ron Lahav, 12 November 2005

The island is a very unusual place - for much of its history it was isolated from the Virginia and Maryland mainland, and communication across the choppy waters of Chesapeake Bay was very haphazard, especially during the winter months. Hence the inhabitants spoke a very distinct form of English, replete with archaisms from the 17th and 18th Centuries in both England and Virginia. The island was named after the British victory in Tangier (Morocco) during the 17th Century, which is also the scene of the first victory by one of the regiments in the Brigade of Guards in the British army. It is still a fascinating place to visit.
Ron Lahav, 12 November 2005