The flag of Ecuador was adopted on September 26, 1860. The flag contains a larger yellow band on the top, a blue band on the middle and a red band on the bottom. In the center of the flag there is Ecuador’s coat of arms to distinguish the flag from the Colombian flag. The coat of arms contains an oval shield with Mount Chimborazo along with a river representing the Guayas. The ship on the river is the “Guayas”, the first seaworthy steamship built on the South American Coast in 1841. On the ship there is a Caduceus that represents trade and economy. At the top of the shield is a golden sun inbetween the astrological signs of Aries, Taurus, Cancer and Gemini which represent the months that the March Revolution lasted for in 1845. The shield is flanked by four flags of Ecuador. The palm leaf on the right side stands for the martyrs of the fight for independence and the Laurel on the left represents the victories of the republic. The Condor at the top with its wings stretched symbolizes the power, greatness and strength of Ecuador.