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EITCo flag

The blue EITC flag.

"Ships, you say? Plural?"
"Yes, four of them. Two to the west, one to the south, and one to the southeast. All flying the EITC flag. They’re closing in.
Jack Sparrow and Robert Greene[src]

Throughout its history, the East India Trading Company had used at least two different flags. One flag was blue with the Company logo, and the other was striped, with the British Union Jack.


EITC flag

The striped EITC flag.

"Mr. Greene! Hoist our colors!"
Nathaniel Bainbridge to Robert Greene[src]

The first EITC flag was a striped red and white flag with the St. George's Cross in the canton. The Cross represented the Kingdom of England. That flag was used by the Company during the period of 1600 to 1707.

In 1707, the Act of Union between England and Scotland created the Kingdom of Great Britain. The new British flag, the Union Jack, consisted of a combined St. George's Cross and a St. Andrew's Cross. The Company flag was quickly changed to include the Union Jack in the canton. The flag was prominently displayed on the Company's forts.

At some point before the early 1730s, the Company adopted another flag. The new flag was a blue flag with the white Company logo. Though the merchant ships like the Fair Wind flew both the Union Jack and the new Company flag,[1] the Company's warships like the HMS Endeavour flew only the Company flag.[2]

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