The Burgundian Saltire, 1565-1763 - Florida State Flags
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The Burgundian Saltire, 1565-1763
The Burgundian saltire, or Cross of Burgundy, represented Spanish rule in Florida from 1565 to 1763. The X-shaped cross symbolized the rough branches of the trees on which Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Burgundy, was crucified. The flag was introduced into Spain by Philip I, Duke of Burgundy, and was later established as one of the country's banners by his son Charles I, in 1516.