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Salvadorans in the United States often have plaques that contain the flag, as a symbol of national pride.Since independence, the blue in the flag has symbolized support for the ruling oligarchy, while the red has symbolized support for communism or resistance.In 1833, an Indian rebellion of indigo sowers and cutters led by Anastasio Aquino demanded distribution of land to the poor and the just application of the penal laws, the only laws applied to the poor. Thousands of rural peasants were displaced as new laws incorporated their lands into large "modern" coffee plantations where peasants were forced to work for very low wages.
However, in February of that year, a revolution in Mexico ousted the emperor, and a new congress granted independence to the Central American provinces.
When the Central American provinces were joined with Mexico in 1822, El Salvador insisted on the autonomy of the Central American countries.
Guatemalan troops that were sent to enforce the union were forced out in June 1822.
The encomienda system obliged Indians to work for the Spanish in order to pay a large tax.
At the top of the colonial hierarchy were the Peninsulares , Spaniards born in Spain.