US Flag

History of the United States Flag from 1767 to today.

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The national flag of the United States, often referred to as the American flag or the U.S. flag, consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton, referred to as the union and bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows, where rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternate with rows of five stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 U.S. states, and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from Great Britain, which they obtained in their victory in the American Revolutionary War.

During the Revolutionary War era, the “Rebellious Stripes” were considered as the most important element of United States flag designs, and were always mentioned before the stars. The “Stripes and Stars” was a popular phrase into the 19th century. Credit for the term “Stars and Stripes” has been given to the Marquis de Lafayette, a French soldier who volunteered his aid to the Continental Army, led by George Washington, in the Revolutionary War against Britain.

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