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The thirteen original colonies & the flag

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The first flag was made by Betsy Ross. She was approached by George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross to make the flag in early 1776, and finished it even before our independence was declared. This new flag was formally adopted on June 14, 1777 (now known as Flag Day). The 13 stripes (7 red and 6 white) represent the 13 original colonies. The stars, of course, represent each state in America. Delaware became the first state on December 7, 1787. The rest of the original colonies (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island) all became states by mid-1790. In 1959 we added Alaska & Hawaii, giving us the 50 states that we now have.
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