A Brief History of Gadsden flag
The British occupied Boston in the fall 1775 and the young Continental Army was trapped in Cambridge, without the supplies necessary to last the season. The Battle of Bunker Hill is here. Washington’s young continental army troops were so low on gunpowder here, they were told “not to fire till you see their whites.”
Soon, a merchant vessel was on its way back to Philadelphia after a trip to England. Private letters were sent to the Second Continental Congress, informing Washington’s troops of the British government’s intention to send two ships loaded with guns and arms their way. They had an opportunity to seize supplies they couldn’t refuse to take advantage of.
Washington and the Second Continental Congress devised a plan to capture the cargo vessels. They quickly authorized the formation of a Continental Navy. The fleet consisted of four ships, including the merchant vessel that had the information from England.
This motto was included in the Gadsden Flag – the same symbol that is being use today, 242 years later.
How The Gadsden Flag came into existence?
It is name after Christopher Gadsden (1724-1805), who designed the flag in 1775 during The American Revolution. The Continental Marines used it as a motto flag. It is sometimes use in the United States to represent conservatism, limited government, and rebellious sentiments.
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Don’t tread on me what does it mean actually?
Don’t tread on me written on Gadsden flag below with the rattlesnake symbol against a yellow background was born as a slogan, which was inspire by the Revolutionary War Flag. It is an historic expression of American patriotism. It may also be use today to express personal freedom and individualism.
The phrase was associate with many libertarian, conservative, gun-rights and far-right political parties in the 2000s as a way to express their beliefs.
From where does “Don’t tread on my” come?
Don’t tread on me was create on the Gadsden Flag. It features a rattlesnake suspended above the expression against a yellow background. In 1775, the flag was flown as a battle cry to declare American independence from British rule. Christopher Gadsden from South Carolina, who was a soldier and politician, is credit with the creation.
At the time, the snake was a well-known symbol of America. Benjamin Franklin used it to describe the “temper and conduct” of America.
In Gadsden’s defiant phrase don’t tread on me the phrase tread means “to step or walk so as to crush, injure, or press on something”.
In the 2000-10s don’t tread on me and the wider symbolism of the Gadsden flag became more politicized. It was adopt in 2009 by both conservative and libertarian groups including the Tea Party, who advocate for smaller government and lower taxes.
Some supporters of these groups have been ascus by racism. Their critics see the flag and motto in an expression of bigotry. For example, in 2014, a Black federal employee complained that a colleague wearing a Gadsden-themed hat had made him feel discriminated against. According to the employee, Christopher Gadsden was a slave trader and owner of slaves. His flag was also a historical indicator of white hatred of blacks stemming largely out of the Tea Party.