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Alabama
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The crimson St. Andrew's cross was patterned after the Confederate Battle Flag.
Alaska
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A blue field representing the sky, the sea and mountain lakes with Ursa Major and the North Star in gold.The flag was created by 13 year old Benny Benson in a 1927 contest.
Arizona
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The rays of red and gold represent the 13 original colonies of the union and the rays of the Western setting sun.
Arkansas
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The diamond on the Arkansas flag represents the only place in North America where diamonds have been mined.
California
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The Californian flag was designed and risen in 1846 by a group of American settlers revolting against Mexican rule.
Colorado
   flag is   

The blue represents the clear skies of Colorado, the white the snow capped mountains, the red the colour of the soil and the gold the abundant sunshine in the state.
Connecticut
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The state bears the motto "Qui Transtulit Sustinet", "He who Transplanted Sustains Us".
Delaware
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The flag bears the date "December 7, 1787", the day on which Delaware became the first state to ratify the US constitution.
Florida
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The Florida seal features a cabbage palmetto tree, a steamboat and a Seminole woman scattering flowers.
Georgia
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The 13 stars on the Georgian seal denotes Georgia's position as one of the original colonies.
Hawaii
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The 8 stripes of the Hawaiian flag represent the 8 main islands of Hawaii.
Idaho
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The Idaho flag bears the motto "Esto Perpetua", "May it endure forever".
Illinois
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The state's name was added to the flag in 1969 to ensure people would recognise it.
Indiana
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The outer stars represent the original colonies. Five stars inside represent the states admitted to the union before Indiana. The largest star represents Indiana.
Iowa
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The red, white and blue stripes resemble the French flag, symbolizing Iowa's status as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
Kansas
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The flag bears the motto "Ad Astra Per Aspera", "To the Stars Through Difficulties".
Kentucky
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The Kentucky flag portrays a pioneer and a statesman enjoying a friendly hug.
Louisiana
   flag is   

If you're wondering, that's a pelican.
Maine
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The Maine coat of arms shows a moose resting under a pine tree.
Maryland
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The Maryland flag unites the family crests of the Calvert and Crossland families.
Massachusetts
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The flag shows a Massachuset warrior, his arrow pointing downward, representing peace.
Michigan
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Somehow, the man with a gun represents peace and the ability to defend his rights.
Minnesota
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The Minnesota flag bears the motto "L'Etoile du Nord", "Star of the North".
Mississippi
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The Mississippi flag incorporates the Confederate Battle Flag.
Missouri
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The circular shield of the Missouri seal is supported by two grizzly bears.
Montana
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A ribbon contains the state motto "Oro y Plata", "Gold and Silver".
Nebraska
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Nebraska was one of the last states to adopt a flag. The state banner was designed in 1925 and adopted as state flag in 1963.
Nevada
   flag is   

"Battle Born" testifies that Nevada was admitted to the union during the Civil War.
New Hampshire
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The New Hampshire flag bears 9 stars representing its status as the ninth state of the Union.
New Jersey
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The flag depicts the goddesses of Liberty and Prosperity.
New Mexico
   flag is   

The centre of the flag is an ancient sun symbol called the Zia.
New York
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The flag depicts the goddesses of Liberty and Justice.
North Carolina
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The original North Carolina flag bore the date May 20th 1861, the date of secession from the Union.
North Dakota
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The fan above the eagle represents the birth of a new nation.
Ohio
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The swallowtail design of the flag is called a burgee.
Oklahoma
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This flag honours more than 60 groups of Native Americans.
Oregon
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The Oregon flag is the only state flag to have different designs on each side.
Pennsylvania
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The scroll at the bottom reads "Virtue, Liberty and Independence".
Rhode Island
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The anchor motif dates back to 1647 and the establishment of the Providence Plantations.
South Carolina
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The palmetto tree represents Col. William Moultrie's heroic defence of the palmetto log fort on Sullivan's Island against British attack in 1776.
South Dakota
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The flag symbolises a golden sun in a field of sky blue.
Tennessee
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The three stars represent the Tennessee mountains, highlands and lowlands.
Texas
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The blue stands for loyalty, the white strength and the red bravery.
Utah
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The centre of the flag shows a beehive, the state emblem.
Vermont
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The central scene depicts a tall pine tree, a cow and sheaves of wheat.
Virginia
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The motto reads "Sic Semper Tyrannis", "Thus Always to Tyrants" and the flag shows Virtue standing over a fallen tyrant.
Washington
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Washington's is the only green flag and the only one depicting a president.
West Virginia
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The two men represent farming and mining.
Wisconsin
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Below the state motto, "Forward" is a badger, the state animal. The state name was added in 1979.
Wyoming
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The woman at the centre of the Wyoming seal represents the state motto, "Equal Rights".


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