History of the Indiana Flag
The Indiana State Flag features a blue field with a gold torch in the center emitting rays and is surrounded by an outer circle of thirteen stars that has a semi-circle of five stars inside that. At the top of the torch is a large white star with the word "Indiana" written above it. The torch on the flag represents liberty and enlightenment, the rays represent the influence that the state has in the country and abroad, the thirteen stars represent the original thirteen states, and the five stars represent the next five states that joined the union following Indiana. The large white star and the word "Indiana" represent Indiana's admission in the Union. The Indiana State Flag was designed by Paul Hadley who won a competition that was sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution and it was adopted on May 31st, 1917.
Indiana is located in the Midwestern Region and Great Lakes Region of North America. It shares borders with Lake Michigan, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois. Indiana translates as "Land of the Indians" or "Indian Land." The most populous and capital city of Indiana is called Indianapolis and was founded in 1821. Indiana is referred to as "The Hoosier State." The word "hoosier" dates back to the 1840s and was a very common word referring to the residents or anyone that was born in Indiana. Today, the word can be seen as quite offensive to people The first inhabitants of Indiana date back to 8000BC and were the Paleo-Indian tribes and migratory Native American tribes. In 1679, the first European to arrive to the area was the French explorer Robert Cavalier Sierur De La Salle. He then returned a year later and claimed the land for New France and was soon followed by Canadian traders. In 1702, the first trading post was established by Sieur Juchereau and in 1715, Sieur de Vincennes established Fort Miami. British Colonists soon began to arrive to revolt against the Canadian trade which resulted in fighting and conflict between the French and the British. After the French and the Indian War (seven years' war) and the victory of the British, the French had to give their land in North America to the British colonies. Following the American Revolutionary War in 1783, through the Treaty of Paris, the British gave the control of the land that they had to the United States of America and Indiana officially became the 19th state on December 11th, 1816.
Indiana is home to many attractions which include the Eagle Creek Park which is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States of America. It is also home to the "Children's Museum of Indianapolis" which is the largest children's museum in the world and has approximately 1,000,000 visitors a year and over 120,000 artifacts that are divided into three sections, The American Collection, The Cultural World Collection, and The Natural World Collection.