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Massachusetts' official flag was adopted in 1971 (before 1971, the Massachusetts flag had a design on both sides of the flag; the design on the back was omitted).

Massachusetts' flag depicts a Native American carrying a bow and arrow on a blue shield (all on a white background). A white star on the shield represents Massachusetts, one of the original 13 states. The state motto (in Latin and written in yellow on a blue ribbon) reads "ENSE PETIT PLACIDAM SUB LIBERTATE QUIETEM," meaning "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty." Above the shield is a arm wielding a sword (demonstrating the state motto).

Massachusetts was the 6th state in the USA; it became a state in 1788.

Questions:
1. What is the Native American carrying in this flag? _______________________________________________________

2. What is the arm above the shield carrying? _____________________________

3. When was this flag officially adopted? _______________________________



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