The United States of America’s Flag and its Story

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The United States of America is a federal
republic located primarily within North America. It consists of 50 states, the federal district
of Washington, D.C., and a number of territories in the Pacific and Caribbean, including Puerto
Rico. The flag of the United States consists of 13 horizontal red and white strips,
along with a blue rectangle in the canton that contains 50 white stars. The territory
that currently makes up the United States was once inhabited by several Native American
peoples prior to European settlement. The European empires of Spain, France, Great Britain,
the Netherlands, Sweden, and Russia, as well as the countries of Mexico, the Confederate
States of America, and the Kingdom of Hawaii, all possessed portions of what is now the
United States at some point in time. Their respective flags once flew over the territories
they governed. The political origins of the American flag begin with Great Britain’s
colonies along the eastern seaboard of North America during the 18th century. Prior to
American independence, the Union Flag of the Kingdom of Great Britain flew there. This
version was slightly different than the UK’s current flag, lacking the red cross of Ireland,
which was not added until 1801. Another variant with a red field was also used in the British
colonies. When the American Revolutionary War began in 1775, Great Britain governed
about two dozen separate colonies in the Americas. Those in the Caribbean, as well Newfoundland,
Quebec, Nova Scotia, and East and West Florida, all remained loyal to the crown, while the
remaining 13 colonies along the eastern seaboard united against what they perceived as threats
by their government against their rights as British subjects. The 13 United Colonies originally
did not seek independence and in 1775 the colonies began using a flag that consisted
of 13 red and white alternating stripes, representative of each of the united colonies. The flag retained
the Union Flag of Great Britain, symbolizing the colonies’ continued loyalty to the empire,
despite their objection to recent measures taken by their government. This flag was inspired
by the very similar flag of the British East India Company that flew on its merchant ships
in American ports. As the desire for independence grew over the following year and after it
was formally declared in 1776, discussion about a new flag began. On June 14, 1777,
the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution that created a new flag, retaining
the 13 red and white stripes of the previous flag, but adding a field of blue with 13 white
stars. It was not specified how those stars should be arranged, but they were commonly
displayed in a circle. This became the national flag of the new United States of America when
its independence was recognized by Great Britain at the end of the war in 1783. There is no
historical evidence to support the popular story that a woman named Betsy Ross sewed
the first American flag, shown here in this early 20th century depiction. While Betsy
Ross did work repairing uniforms during the war, the story about her creating the first
flag was not initially suggested until almost a century later by one of her grandchildren.
Since American Independence, the U.S. flag has continued to add stars to the blue field
as states have been admitted to the Union. The following images show those changes over
time. The last change to the American flag occurred on July 4, 1960 when Hawaii became
the 50th state in the union. Currently, the territory of Puerto Rico is the most likely
candidate for a future 51st state and if Puerto Rico ever votes for statehood, a 51st star
will be added to the flag. Nicknames that have been given to the American flag include
The Stars and Stripes, the Red, White, and Blue, Old Glory, and the Star Spangled Banner.
Several iconic images of the flag have made a lasting impression over time. Today, the
American flag is recognized around the world and acts as a symbol of nationalism and patriotism
for Americans at home and abroad.

25 comments

  1. THIS GUY IS TELLING LIKE ABOUT 40% OF THE WHOLE actual HISTORY…! This video is some real COLONIST BS designed to re-enforce the socialization-brain-washing dogmata of the christian church and their hold over Morocco/ The Most Extreme West and The Moroccan Empire belonging dejure to the Moors of the North Gate ie:

    All of the so called :
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    NEGRO
    COLORED
    AFRICAN AMERICANS ETC

  2. Great clear presentation with good visuals. the variety of flags that symbolized the transition of the states to the formation of the Union http://buyamericanflagsforsale.com

  3. Sorry but wrong. Puerto Rico is a country though. It says that soon, Puerto rico's president house will be part of USA's and SHIPPED. So that means USA has 51 states.

  4. There is a server that's called country war. Minecraft. You need to make a country flag. Pretty much, you have a few minutes to make one. And the only way you can move is that see if nobody is there. Also name your country too.

  5. It was the first flag that is on the thumbnail picture it was made by betsy Ross
    George Washington said to Betsy Ross make me a flag that has stars
    6 pokes Betsy Ross said no he said I'll do it five way because
    It is much easier then the flag was made

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