New Hampshire Flag
History of the New Hampshire Flag
The New Hampshire State Flag features a blue field with the state seal in the center of it. The state seal features a Frigate USS Raleigh which is encircled by a laurel wreath that contains nine stars. The Frigate USS Raleigh is on a small piece of land that is surround by water and has the flag of the United States of America on its deck and the sun is rising in the background. The Frigate USS Raleigh is one of the thirteen warships that was sponsored by the continental congress and built in 1776 and it represents the history of New Hampshire as well as its famous ship-building industry. The laurel wreath is an ancient symbol that is used to represent "fame, honor, and victory."
The nine stars represent New Hampshire being the 9th state to join the United States of America, the water represents the harbor of Portsmouth and the yellow granite land represents the landscape of New Hampshire as well as the strong and sturdy character of the people. The New Hampshire State Flag was adopted on November 30th, 1931.
New Hampshire is a state that is located in the New England region of the United States of America and is the 5th smallest state. It shares borders with Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Canadian area of Quebec. The capital city is called Concord and the largest city is called Manchester. New Hampshire is also referred to as "The Granite State" due to its landscape and ample granite formations as well as quarries. Granite is also the official state rock of New Hampshire.
It is also referred to as "The White Mountain State" in reference to the White Mountains, a range that covers the Northern part of New Hampshire and "The Switzerland of America" as the views of the White Mountains are often compared to the view of the Alps.
Some of the earliest inhabitants of New Hampshire were the Abenaki tribes and the Penacook. The first European to reach the area was English explorer Martin Pring in 1603 who was followed shortly after by British explorer Captain John Smith and French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Following Martin Pring's arrival, England claimed the area and soon began to colonize it and establish settlements.
The first settlement was a fishing outpost that was established in 1623 close to the city now known as Rye as well as the settlement called Hilton's Point. In 1679, New Hampshire officially became a province of England but remained under the government of Massachusetts until 1741, when it became a separate colony. Following the French and Indian War in 1763, the English began to tax all the colonies and New Hampshire was one of the first states to revolt against this and it was the first of the original 13 English colonies that declared its independence from Great Britain. On June 21st, 1788, after the Revolutionary War, New Hampshire became an official state of the United States of America.