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New York flag

New York's official flag was adopted in 1901. The flag has a deep blue background. It pictures Liberty (she symbolizes freedom) and Justice (she symbolizes justice before the law). Liberty is holding a pole with a liberty cap, and has a discarded crown at her feet (which represents freedom from Britain after the Revolutionary War). Justice is blindfolded and is holding the scales of justice. A shield between them pictures the sun, hills, and 2 boats sailing on the Hudson River. Over the shield there is a globe and a bald eagle. Under them all is a white, flowing ribbon that reads "EXCELSIOR" (meaning "Ever Upwards").

New York was the 11th state in the USA; it became a state in 1788.

1. When did New York become a state? _______________________________________________________

2. What does the discarded crown symbolize? _______________________________________________________

3. When was New York's flag officially adopted? _______________________________

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