History of the Washington State Flag
The Washington State Flag features a dark green field with the Washington state seal in the center of it. The Washington state seal features a circle with the image of George Washington inside the circle and around the circle, "The Seal of the State of Washington 1889" is written.
The Washington State Flag is the only state flag that uses the color green and that uses an image of a President. It is also the most expensive state flag to manufacture. The Washington state flag was adopted on the 5th March, 1923.
Washington is a state in the Northwestern region of the United States of America and is considered to be one of the wealthiest states. It shares borders with British Columbia, Canada, Idaho, Oregon, and the Pacific Ocean. The capital of Washington is called Olympia and the largest city is called Seattle.
Washington is named after the president of the United States of America, George Washington, but was originally supposed to be called "Columbia" after the Columbia River and Columbia District.
Washington is also referred to as "The Evergreen State" due to the large number of forests that are found. Approximately half of Washington is covered by forests. It is also sometimes referred to as "The Chinook State" or "The Green Tree State."
Washington was originally inhabited by American Native tribes such as the Yakima, Chinook, Makah, Lummi, Nez Perce, and Spokane tribes.
The first European to arrive to the area was the Spanish explorer Captain Bruno Heceta who claimed the land for Spain. Other European explorers followed shortly after, including James Cook in 1778 and George Vancouver in 1792. George Vancouver discovered the Puget Sound Region and claimed that area for Britain. In 1805, American explorers, Lewis and Clark arrived in the area and during the first half of the 1800s, the area of Washington was shared between Britain and America as part of the agreed "joint occupancy."
In 1846, the United States of America gained control of Washington and it became part of the Oregon territory along with Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. In 1853, following the break of the Oregon territory, the Washington territory was formed and on the 11th November, 1889, Washington officially became the 42nd state of the United States of America. Washington is a popular state that is often visited by tourists and is home to many attractions.
The Olympic National Park is one of the states main attractions and home to the Hoh Rainforests and masses of trees that are approximately 500 years old. The Space Needle is another main attraction and is an observation deck that stands 520 feet from the ground and gives visitors amazing views of the whole city.
The San Juan Islands are also a main attraction and can be reached either by seaplane or ferry with the most visited islands being Lopez Island, Orcas Island, and San Juan Island. The islands offer an abundance of activities and sights to see, which include whale watching and kayaking.