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Don't Tread on Me (Gadsden Flag)

Gadsden Flag (Don't Tread On Me)

Measures 3' x 5' . Made of Super-Polyester with Brass Grommets and extra sewing on the fly side.

The Gadsden Flag was birthed out of the Revolutionary period and is named for Colonel Christopher Gadsden, or less commonly, a Hopkins flag, for Commodore Esek Hopkins.  Christopher Gadsden lead the Sons of Liberty (South Carolina Chapter), and was also later a Colonel of the Continental Army, serving as commander of the 1st South Carolina Regiment.  And during the war, he was captured and served 42 weeks in solitary confinement after refusing to cut a deal with British expeditionary forces. in 1775 he represented South Carolina in Congress and served until 1788 and voted to ratify the United States Constitution.

He died in 1805 and is buried in Charlestown. The Gadsden Purchase in Arizona is named for his grandson, who was a diplomat.he also was one of the three members of the Marine Committee.

Gadsden and Congress chose a Rhode Island man, Esek Hopkins, as the commander-in-chief of the Navy. The flag that Hopkins used as his personal standard on the Alfred is the one we would now recognize.

The idea of the Rattlesnake originated during the French and Indian war, Benjamin Franklin, seeing a need for unity among all of the colonies in order for the continued quest for individual liberty and freedom that they sought in America, drew a cartoon for a local paper, The Pennsylvania Gazette, depicting a rattlesnake, (a Timber Rattler to be precise), with the words Join or Die underneath it. Although Benjamin Franklin helped create the American rattlesnake symbol his name isn't generally attached to the rattlesnake flag.

The rattlesnake became a great symbol for early America because it’s a reptile that "just wants to be left alone".  It will not attack unless it’s been threatened but once it’s been stepped on, it’s retaliation is deadly.

Other reasons for the Rattlesnake symbol (attributed to a annonymous letter wriiten by Benjamin Franklin to the Pennsylvania Journal in December of 1775) was:  

The rattlesnake is only found in North America.

The creature has “sharp eyes” and "may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.”

What’s more, even before attacking, the rattlesnake gives ample warning in the form of its rattle.

Franklin claimed in the letter that the snake’s tail had 13 rattles, none of which would work independently of one another

Over 250 years after its creation, the Gadsden Flag resonates because of its stark imagery and simple message. “Don’t Tread On Me” with a rattlesnake poised to attack says all that needs to be said. It is not an aggressive posture, but rather a defensive one. It says to anyone who would tread on the liberties of free people to think twice. While free people are peaceful, their patience is not endless. Next time you hoist this flag up, don a hat with its image or throw a Gadsden Flag sticker on your car – remember that you’re standing in a fine tradition that includes the first American Navy and Marines and the patriot after whom the flag is named.

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