The U.S. Flag Part 1: Origins

The month of September is here, and we’ve been prepping for a huge month of content. This month, we want to take a deep-dive into the history of the American flag. We’ve focused on the flag before in our Flags of the World series. Today and for the rest of the month, we’re going even deeper. We’ll take a look at all the flag variations as individual flags. This is more of a history lesson than a flag talk. We hope to see you soon for the next installments of this 10-part mega series.

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So the U.S flag. Let’s start from the beginning, back in 1777.

The U.S had declared it’s independence from Britain, and we did that originally with 13 colonies. The first iteration of the flag used 13 red and white strips and a blue canton with 13 white stars to symbolize this. But where did it come from?

The first known use in colonized America of the alternating red and white stripes was used by the Sons of Liberty. Remember them? They were the anti-British activist group who through the tea into Boston Harbor.

Their flag was thought to influence the first continental army flag, which featured a British flag in the canton with alternating red and white stripes throughout. George Washington, when he volunteered to lead the continental army, brought this flag from Philadelphia back to Boston.

In part 2, we will discuss why this flag was important.

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