The Corsica (France) Flag is the flag of a French state. It’s flag is white with a man wearing a ribbon on his head. The flag of Corsica Features a Moor’s head in the middle of a white field. Locally the flag is called (in Corsican) the bandiera testa mora, the Moor’s Head Flag . This flag is the symbol for all Corsicans. It has been claimed that this is the flag of the Corsican separatists, but this is erroneous. While some Corsicans have pushed for independance, most of the quarter-million inhabitants simply feel strongly toward the preservation of their rich culture and history, inclusing the Corsican language and flag. Flown frequently in Corsica, this flag is even occasionally flown in the honor postion on the tallest flag pole – even above the French tricolor flag. The origin of this flag is unknown, however one popular legend is that it comes from the story of a Corsican who cut the head of an enemy Sarracen chief. The chief had been identifid in advance by his white headband. Once removed, the Corsican had a drawing made of the trophy head and transfered onto a white cloth. Another popular legend says that the head is actually that of a royal Lietennat of the Kinf of Aragon. Per the story a young corsican’s fiancee had been abducted by bandits and sold to the King. The Corsican freed his love and fled with her. The King sent a trusted Lieutennant after the couple. After a dramatic battle the young corsican decapitated his pursuer and used it as a trophy all over the island.
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