The second Flag of the United States ever

SECOND FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES
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What was the second flag of the United States?

The flag that is considered to be the second flag of the United States has an interesting history as it all began with something that was never meant to be taken that seriously. This flag is known as the Gadsden flag, after its designer, Christopher Gadsden who was an American general and statesmen. The background of the flag is a bright yellow color with a coiled rattlesnake sitting in the center. Under the snake are the words, “Don’t Tread on Me.”

The snake on the flag is believed to be due to one of Benjamin Franklin’s commentaries that had been posted in the Pennsylvania Gazette. This was in 1751 after Britain started sending convicted felons back to America. Franklin jokingly suggested that to show their gratitude, America should send rattlesnakes back to England. Franklin again turned to the symbol of the snake in 1754 when he published a cartoon in an American newspaper which depicted a snake that had been cut into eight sections. Below the snake were the words, “Join or Die.” This was thought to represent the colonies the way they were lined up along the coast.

It was in 1775 that the Navy adopted this flag as the flag that they would use in battle against Britain. Instead of using a flag constructed of material and hanging from a pole, the US Navy painted drums yellow and then painted the snake and the words on. This is the first time that the Gadsden flag was known to be used in an official capacity.

What started off as a sarcastic reference became a national symbol and is still widely used in America today. The flag can still be seen at harbor ports, as well as any customs location, especially after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Nike also has an ad campaign that shows a rattlesnake wrapped around a soccer ball and the words “Don’t Tread on Me” are also used. This is to symbolize Nike’s support of the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team.


The Gadsden Flag


The second Flag of the United States ever

The second Flag of the United States ever

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