The flag of Massachusetts – the symbol of one of 50 US states.
The flag of Massachusetts consists of a white field and a state coat of arms depicted on both sides of the flag. The inscription in Latin, “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” (“By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty”) is written on the coat of arms. Furthermore, a blue shield with Algonquin Native American from the Massachusetts tribe in it is depicted on the coat. The Native American person is carrying a bow and arrow pointed down symbolizing the desire for peace. The white star near the bow represents the fact Massachusetts was the sixth state to join the United States. The arm and sword above the blue shield symbolize the first part of the motto.
The present-day flag of Massachusetts was authorized in 1971 when some changes to the previous one was made. Massachusetts is one of the two states which have three official flags: a naval, a state, and a maritime banner.
Total area:27,335 km2
Formation:6. 2. 1788