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Massachusetts Flag History

The coat of arms of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts consists of a blue shield with an Indian on it. On the Massachusetts state flag, the Indian is dressed in a shirt, leggings, and moccasins. He holds a gold bow in one hand and a gold arrow in the other hand. The point of the arrow is pointed down. In the upper right hand corner of the shield is a silver five-pointed star. On the Massachusetts State Flag, located above the shield on a gold wreath is a right arm, bent at the elbow and grasping a gold broadsword. The motto of the commonwealth is printed on the blue ribbon partially surrounding the blue shield. The shield of blue on the state flag represents the Blue Hills of Canton and Milton, MA. The Indian depicted on the shield, Massachuset, is shown carrying the arrow with its tip down to indicate a friendly demeanor. The Silver Star on the Massachusetts State Flag is designated as white for the flag and represents Massachusetts as one of the thirteen colonies.

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