The first version of The National Mexican Flag was unfurled in 1821, with their independence from Spain. Based in part on the "Three Guarantees" Flag (used during The Revolution), it flew until 1824 - when Mexico became a Colony of France. The Flag was a Tricolor Standard, featuring 3 vertical Stripes of Green, White and Red. Centered in the White Stripe, was an Eagle perched on a Nopol Cactus, emerging from a Lake. A similar versions. Was adopted for a Battle Flag, used by the Mexican Military. Only it's smaller size and Gold Fringe separated the difference. This version was carried by all Mexican Units except The Navy. Both Flags would be used until the adoption of The French-Mexican Standard, adopted in 1824.