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Florida State Flag

Florida state flag - click to see all state flags
Florida's flag. See All State Flags - National Flag.

The original 1868 state flag of Florida was simply the Florida State Seal centered on a field of white. In the 1890's, Florida's governor suggested adding the red cross so the flag would not look like a banner of truce or surrender when hanging limp on a flagpole. Florida voters agreed, and the St. Andrew's Cross was added in 1900 (Confederate battle flags also featured a St. Andrew's Cross). Many banners have flown over Florida prior to 1868, including the flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, the Confederate States, and the national flag of the USA.

Florida state seal - click to see all state seals
Florida State Seal. See All State Seals - National Seal.

The Florida State Seal was adopted by the 1865 Legislature, which mandated that the seal be the size of the American silver dollar and display a scene in the center "of the sun's rays over a high land in the distance, a cocoa tree, a steamboat on water, and an Indian female scattering flowers in the foreground, (all) encircled by the words, "Great Seal of the State of Florida: In God We Trust.'"

In 1970 Florida's official seal was updated. The cocoa tree became a Sabal palmetto palm (the state tree of Florida), the headdress was removed from the Indian woman (headdresses were only worn by male indians), and the woman was depicted as a Florida Seminole Indian (originally she was a Western Plains Indian).

Source:
Florida State Symbols: FL Cultural & Historical Programs
State Symbols - State Flag: Online Sunshine for Kids
Links:
St. Andrew and his Cross: Scottish History Online
Confederate National Flag: Civil War @ Smithsonian
Civil War Flags: National Park Service KidzPage
All State Flags - National Flag

    

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Florida Symbols & Icons:

animal
mammal - bird
saltwater mammal
flower - horse
wildflower - butterfly
fish - marine fish
reptile - tortoise
saltwater reptile
shell - gem - stone
tree - soil
fruit -pie - beverage
air fair - rodeo

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name - nickname
motto - quarter
song - band
opera program
fiddle contest
play- tartan
museum 1-2
archive-1-2
festival 1 - 2
hall of fame
pageant
 

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