New York State Flag

A short history of the New York State flag
In 1777 New York adopted its first constitution, and the state arms were designed. This design first appeared on the flag in 1778. The figures of Justice and Liberty support a shield in which boats are overlooked by the rising sun. An American eagle perched on top of a globe, and the state motto appears in the center of a scroll below the shield composing the crest. The military flag consisted of the arms on a blue field, and in 1858 a similar flag was adopted for the state troops, but with a white background during the War of Revolution. In April 1898 the white background was changed to a buff color to match the soldiers uniforms. A few years later the color reverted to blue and remains unchanged.

A short history of New York (The Empire State)
In 1609 Henry Hudson, whom the river is named, claimed the area for the Dutch. In 1624 the first colonists arrived, and in 1644 the colony was taken over by Britain. On April 20, 1777 New York declared Independence, and the state ratified the Constitution the following year.

Area of New York: 49,108 sq. miles
Capital: Albany
Major Products: dairy, maize, wheat, fruit, maple syrup, titanium, clothing, machinery, processed foods
State Motto: Excelsior ("Ever higher")

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