Flag of Massachusetts

State: Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Flag Description:
The flag of Massachusetts consists of a white base with the state seal in the center. Above the shield is a bent arm holding a broadsword, which is acting out part of the state motto, which is written on a blue ribbon at the bottom of the shield. Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem, which means 'By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty'.

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Massachusetts Flag Meaning:
The seal features a Native Algonquin American holding a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other hand. The arrow is pointing downwards, to signify his peaceful intent. On the top right corner of the shield is a white five-pointed star which represents Massachusetts as one of the original 13 colonies of the United States.

Massachusetts Flag History:
The flag was adopted on Nov. 1, 1971. Massachusetts is the sixth state of the union, gaining statehood on Feb. 6, 1788. It is one of the original 13 colonies that united to form the union of the United States. The state seal was adopted in December 1780.

Interesting Massachusetts Facts:
Massachusetts's state nickname is the Bay State.

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