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This Day In U.S. History October 21, 1774 – First Liberty Flag Flown In The American Colonies Following A Decade Of British Tax And Punitive Acts

 

The first flag to represent any dissention amongst the Colonies, this flag was raised in the town of Taunton, Massachusetts as a symbol of the colonies frustration and unwillingness to be persecuted.  The flag was the first in a series that would warn the British that the Colonies were a force to be reckoned with, and would not accept the any loss of their rights or freedom.  The bold words “Liberty and Union” reflect the original sentiment of the Colonists, which was to be treated as equal citizens of the British Empire, (“No taxation with representation!”) rather then be excluded from it.

The first flag to represent any dissention amongst the Colonies, this flag was raised in the town of Taunton, Massachusetts as a symbol of the colonies frustration and unwillingness to be persecuted. The flag was the first in a series that would warn the British that the Colonies were a force to be reckoned with, and would not accept the any loss of their rights or freedom. The bold words “Liberty and Union” reflect the original sentiment of the Colonists, which was to be treated as equal citizens of the British Empire, (“No taxation with representation!”) rather then be excluded from it.

1774 – THE FIRST LIBERTY FLAG IS FLOWN IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES IN THE WAKE OF THE STAMP ACT, SUGAR ACT, TEA ACT, REGULATORY ACT, CURRENCY ACT, DECLARATORY ACT AND OTHER MOUNTING ABRIDGMENTS OF A FREE PEOPLE, SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD

 

This Day In U.S. History October 21, 1774 – First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.

The original Taunton Flag wasn’t a military color. It was a flag of protest and petition, actually — one of many such that were raised on “liberty poles” throughout the Thirteen Colonies and particularly in New England during the five years prior to the outbreak of the Revolution.

The Taunton Flag proclaimed loyalty to the Crown, laid claim on behalf of the colonists to the rights of Englishmen, and called for a union of the colonies in the quarrel with Britain. It was probably raised with the authority of a resolution of the town meeting.

Teapot calling for the repeal of the Stamp Act

Teapot calling for the repeal of the Stamp Act

 

“Born to be free, we spurn the Knaves who dare For us the Chains of Slavery to prepare.

Steadfast, in Freedom’s Cause, we’ll live and die, Unawed by Statesmen, Foes to Tyranny,

But if oppression brings us to our Graves, and marks us dead, she ne’er shall mark us Slaves.”

 

– Taunton Sons of Liberty, October 1774

Source http://www.libertyandunion.org/

 

The Taunton Flag
http://www.annin.com/products/flag_hist_Taunton.asp

 

Revolution Timeline
http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/revwartimeline.htm

 

The Boston Tea Party, December 16, 1773

The Boston Tea Party, December 16, 1773

 

America remember and honor your history – it will give direction, purpose and security to your future.

 
 
 
 
 

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