Distinguish between the British, Australian and Confederate flags by comparing the various individual elements in their makeup. The British, Australian and Confederate flags have common elements, but are easy to compare and differentiate.
The British Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, was created by combining several flags into one, just as the United Kingdom encompasses several nations. The colors of the Union Flag are blue, red and white. The central design incorporates three crosses: St. George's Cross from England; St. Andrew's Cross from Scotland; and St. Patrick's Cross from Ireland.
Identify the distinctive Australian flag as deriving from the British Commonwealth of nations through the the Union Jack in the upper left quadrant, also called the Canton. The background color is blue, as is the Union Jack. Unlike the British Flag, the Australian Flag includes stars in its design. The Southern Cross is displayed on the right and the seven-pointed Commonwealth Star is on the lower left.
Distinguish the Confederate Flag from the British and Australian flags through the combination of red background and 13 stars within a large blue cross outlined in white. The 13 stars signify the 11 confederate states plus Kentucky and Missouri. The Confederate Flag is actually the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, which is what the Southern U.S. states called themselves during the American Civil War.
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