History of the Colorado Flag
The Colorado State Flag features a design that is split into three horizontal stripes; the top and bottom stripes are blue, while the center stripe is white. The central and most prominent feature of the flag is a large red "C" that is filled with a golden circle. The red, white, and blue colors of the flag are pay homage to the colors of the United States, while also bearing additional meanings that are specific to the state of Colorado.
The blue color represents the clear blue skies, the white color signifies the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, the red color stands for the rich soil of Colorado, and the yellow/gold color symbolizes gold-mining as well as the sunshine. Additionally, the combination of blue and white references the state flower, the "Columbine," and the central "C" stands for Colorado. The first Colorado State Flag was adopted on June 5th, 1911 and was designed by Andrew Carlisle Carson. The Colorado State Flag used today was modified (the "C" in the center of the flag was made larger) on March 31st, 1964.
Colorado is a Western state in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States, and shares borders with New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. The capital city is Denver, which is also known as the "Mile-High City" due to the fact that it stands 5,280 feet (one mile) above sea level. Colorado is also referred to as the "Centennial State" as it became an official state the same year that the United States of America turned 100 years old. The state of Colorado was named after the Colorado River. The name translates as "colored red" and was given that title by the Spanish explorers that traveled through the area due to the color of the river and its muddy hue.
The original inhabitants of the area where Colorado sits were American native tribes that included the Ancient Pueblo people, Ute, Arapho, and Cheyenne. The first European to reach the area was Francisco de Corenado in 1541, who was a Spanish Explorer. He came to the area to seek gold but left when he was unable to find it. The area was then visited in 1682 by French explorer Robert de La Salle, who claimed the land for France, making it part of the France Louisiana territory.
Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Eastern Colorado became part of the United States of America and in 1806, the American explorer Zeublan Pike mapped out the region which included high mountains that were named "Pikes Peak." In 1848, following the Mexican-American War, the United States of America then also gained control of Western Colorado. In 1858, gold was discovered at Pikes Peak, and, as a result of the discovery, thousands of people flocked to the state in search for wealth and the state's population grew. In 1861, the territory was officially created by the United States of America government and on November 7th, 1876, Colorado officially became a state.