New Hampshire State Flag

A short history of the New Hampshire State flag
New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence of Great Britain on June 15, 1776 and was one of the original states of the Union. The seal has the optimistic rising sun in the background with a ship in the shipbuilding yard at Portsmouth, supposedly the Raleigh. The Raleigh was first launched in 1776, and was one of the earliest ships of the U.S. Navy. In 1784 the seal was adopted and used as a military flag from 1792 on a blue background. The state flag with the addition of nine stars within a laurel wreath was adopted in February 1909. The seal was redrawn and used on the flag in 1931. 1776 replaced the date of 1784 at the foot of the original seal, which was the state's independence declaration. Some attemps were made in 1944 to redesign the flag completely but it came to nothing.

A short history of New Hampshire (The Granite State)
The state lies between Canada and Massachusetts Bay. Inland are the granite-based mountains that give New Hampshire its nickname. It became a separate province in 1679. In 1776, an independent state government was set up, and on June 21, 1787 the state ratified the U.S. Constitution.

Area of New Hampshire: 9,279 sq. miles
Capital: Concord
Major Products: hay, vegetables, apples, livestock, machinery, metal ware, stone
State Motto: Live free or die

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