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MONTANA

Montana is a constituent state of the United States of America claimed to have the greatest temperature hike in per day scale. Alaska, Texas, and California have an area larger than Montana and Alaska and Wyoming have a lower population density. Montana extends its border to the Canadian provinces of British Columbia i.e. Alberta and Saskatchewan to the north, North Dakota and South Dakota US states to the east, Wyoming to the south and Idaho to the west.

The history of the flag of Montana extends from 1865 when the provisional legislature adopted a seal for public business which is the design that is still in use today. The seal symbolizes the Rocky Mountains which are the peculiar possession of the state’s topography to the name as it is a derivation of Latin ‘montana’ meaning “mountainous”. The seal also has inclusions of a river and forests, recalling Montana’s vast stretches of natural beauty and its wealth in forestry and agriculture. The center of the design has the Great Falls, a distinctive landmark for the tourist attraction. The ribbon of the seal consists of a plow and crossed pick and shovel representing agriculture and mining with reference to the state motto ‘Oro y plata’ which means Gold and Silver.

The state flag with the original design of dark blue and the state seal in the center was based on the flag of the First Montana infantry regiment in the Spanish-American War in 1898. The law stated the official state flag to be decorated with fringe at top and bottom edges only as the infantry flag had lost its fringe at the fly end. After the adoption of the flag in 1905, many other states adopted similar designs making the flag less distinguishable. The word “Montana”was added above the seal later in 1981 by the legislature to showcase necessary changes.