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NEW JERSEY

New Jersey is a constituent state of the United States of America with more number of horses per square mile than any other states. It is one of the original 13 states of the US bordered by New York to the north and northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south and Delaware and Pennsylvania to the west.

The state flag of New Jersey has a long and glorious history. The flag was adopted on March 26, 1896 but within the display rights of the governor alone. Later in 1938, the law clarified the right of flags for display was no longer confined. The flag is unique among all other 50 flags of the US. It has a background of buff, although observed as yellow. The color is derived from the facings of uniforms worn by regiments of New Jersey during the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783 AD.

The then commander in chief of the Continental Army, George Washington proclaimed the assignment of colors of the New Jersey flag on October 2, 1779. The buff for the facings of New Jersey and New York is rumored to recall the former Dutch colony of New Netherlands. The presumption explains that the orange of the earliest Dutch flags were modified to buff by Washington as a more appropriate color for uniform usage.

There are many other resemblances to the flag as well. The coat of arms appearing in the center of the New Jersey flag can be observed in the state seal. Francis Hopkinson, the then member of Continental Congress or by artist Pierre Eugène du Simitière was the pioneer of the design before being recognized by the state legislature on October 3, 1776. On the coat of arms, there are three plows that symbolize agriculture represented by goddess Ceres. The other supporter is Liberty. The horse’s head in the crest was often seen in New Jersey coins.