History of the Michigan Flag
The Michigan State Flag features a blue field with the state's coat of arms in the center. The coat of arms features a light blue shield with a sun rising over a lake and a man with a raised hand and holding a gun. At the top of the shield "Tuebor" is written, which translates as "I will defend." Above the shield is a bald eagle and above the eagle is a red ribbon that writes "E Pluribus Unum" which translates as "Out of Many, One" (the motto of the United States of America). On one side of the shield is a moose and on the other side is an elk. At the bottom of the shield is a white ribbon that writes "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice" which translates as "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you" which is the state motto.
The sun on the shield represents the Michigan State, the lake represents Michigan's great lakes, the man represents peace and the gun he is holding represents the fight for the state of Michigan. The bald eagle represents the United States of America and the elk and the moose represents the great animals of Michigan as well as representing Hudson's Bay Company coat of arms.
Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes of the United States of America. It shares borders with Ontario (Canadian province), Ohio and Indiana, and Wisconsin. It shares water boundaries with Illinois and Minnesota and is the 11th largest state. The capital city is called Lansing and the most populous city in Michigan is called Detroit. Michigan's name originates from "Mishigamaa" (an Objiwe word) that translates as "large water" or "large lake." Michigan is often referred to as "The Wolverine State." It is unknown why it is referred to as this but one popular belief as to why it obtained this name was because the Native Americans used to refer to the people that tried to settle Michigan as Wolverines. It is also known as "The Great Lake State" as the shores or Michigan touch 4 of the 5 great lakes and it is home to approximately 11,000 inland lakes.
The first inhabitants of Michigan were Native American tribes that included the Ojibwe, Ottawa, and Potawatomi. These main tribes formed a council that was known as "The Three Fires." The first European explorer to arrive to the area was Frenchman Etienne Brule in 1618. He arrived in the area during his search for a route to China. The French soon claimed the land and in 1668, the first permanent settlement was "Sault Ste. Maries." In 1763, following the French and Indian War, the British gained control of Michigan.
The Native American tribes protested against this and the fact that their lands were being taken over by the British and they began to attack the British and their settlements but were soon defeated. In 1783, following the American Revolutionary War, the United States of America declared that the territory of Michigan belonged to them and the British began leaving Detroit resulting in Michigan becoming its own territory in 1805. On January 26, 1837, Michigan officially became the 26th State of the United States of America.