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MICHIGAN

Michigan is a constituent state of the United States of America also known as the state of lakes. The size of Michigan land ranks only 22nd of the 50 states whereas the inclusion of the Great Lakes waters places it 11th in terms of total area as those lakes have jurisdiction and increases the area considerably. Michigan is the only one of the states which is split into two large land segments i.e. the Upper Peninsula that slices eastward from northern Wisconsin between Lakes Superior and Michigan and the Lower Peninsula reaches northward from Indiana and Ohio.

The flag of Michigan has inclusive of the coat of arms which is derived from the Michigan state seal with three Latin mottos: “E pluribus unum” (“One out of many”), “Tuebor” (“I will defend”), and “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice” (“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you”). The design has got the bald eagle of the United States that serves as a crest while an elk and a moose were supposedly based on the coat of arms of the Hudson’s Bay Company, serving as supporters to the shield. The central design consists of the shield that shows a man with a rifle standing on a peninsula along with the sun setting over surrounding waters.

Digging up the further history, in 1837, a Michigan military company known as the Brady Guards received its colors from the state’s first chief executive, “Boy Governor” Stevens T. Mason, who acquired the nickname as he was elected early at age 23. The popular design among U.S. military units at the time was proposed to consist of a company flag that was blue with the new state seal on the obverse. Michigan blue military colors was formally adopted in 1865 and a state flag of the same tint in 1911.