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June 22, 1999

What did the first flag of the United States look like?

Today's 50-star flag is the seventh version of the U.S. banner. At the start of the Revolutionary War, Americans fought under many different flags. The first flag to represent the colonies was the Continental Colors, also called the Cambridge or Grand Union flag. It was the unofficial American flag from 1775 to 1777 and featured a British flag in the upper left-hand corner.

After the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress did away with the British design. On June 14, 1777, it created a new flag with 13 red and white stripes and 13 stars on a blue field.




Source: The World Book Encyclopedia

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