West Virginia Flag
History of the West Virginia Flag
The West Virginia State Flag features a white field with a blue stripe border and has the Virginia State Coat of arms in the center.
The coat of arms features a boulder that says "20th June 1863," two crossed rifles and a liberty cap in front of the boulder, a farmer with an axe and plow on the left-hand side and a miner with an axe on the right-hand side. At the bottom is a red ribbon that writes "Montani Semper Liberi" which translates as "mountaineers are always free" and is the state motto and at the top is a red ribbon that says, "State of West Virginia."
The coat of arms is covered at the bottom by a Rhododendron Maximum which is the state flower. The white color on the flag represents purity and the blue color represents the union. The farmer on the coat of arms represents the agriculture of the state and the miner represents the industry and natural resources of West Virginia.
The crossed rifles and liberty cap represent the states fight and struggle for liberty. The West Virginia State flag was adopted on March 7th, 1962 West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian Region of the Southern United States of America. It shares borders with Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky.
The capital and largest city of West Virginia is called Charleston. West Virginia's name is derived from Elizabeth I of England, who was nicknamed "The Virgin Queen." The state was originally meant to be called "Kanawha" after the Kanawha River but was decided against as some wanted the name of the state to reflect the Virginian heritage. West Virginia is also referred to as "The Mountain State" due to the fact that the whole state lies within the Appalachian Mountain region and it is the only state that does.
West Virginia was originally inhabited by the Paleo-Indians and Adena people. Native American tribes soon followed which included the Shawnee, Cherokee, and Iroquois. The main tribe was the Shawnee tribe. In 1606, West Virginia became part of the Virginia Colony that the British established. In 1607, Jamestown was established, and Virginia was beginning to get settled.
West Virginia was not as it was considered a frontier. West Virginia did not begin to get settled until the 1700s the first settlement that was established was New Mecklenburg in 1726. In 1762, New Mecklenburg became Shepherdstown, which is now the oldest town in West Virginia. During the American Revolution, West Virginia wanted to break from the Virginia Colony and become its own state.
It had been separated from Virginia by the mountains and was always seen as different, culturally and economically. West Virginia officially became the 35th state of the United States of America on June 20th, 1863.