From Whence the Decision To Use Red, White and Blue?

Discussion in 'American Flag History' started by TomBrooklyn, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. TomBrooklyn

    TomBrooklyn New Member

    What was the inspiration that led to the decision to use the colors red, white and blue?

    Was it from the Dutch or French flags?
  2. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Hello, Tom!

    This subject has been discussed in several earlier threads, including this one:

    The short answer is that they probably came from the British flag. The US flag was a modification of the "Continental Colors", which, in turn, probably evolved from the British red ensign.

    Peter Ansoff
  3. uglybill

    uglybill New Member

    What do the stripes on the flag stand for?
  4. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    The thirteen stripes represent the 13 original states.

    Why stripes? :confused:

    Why not? :D

    The flag of the USA was one of the earliest flags to represent political subdivisions on a national flag. Indeed, the US flag was arguably the very first "national flag" as it represented a nation rather than a monarchy (the flag of Denmark is older, but the Danebrog was the flag of the Kingdom of Denmark, not the "nation" as we know it today.) The Union Flag of the United Kingdom represented England and Scotland by combining two distinct crosses. And that flag, commonly called the "Union Jack" is only the "national flag" of the United Kingdom by tradition and by permission, not by law.

    For more info on the US flag's design elements, see Peter Ansoff's link in his March 27 post.

    Nick A
    Columbia MD

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