Gadsden US Historical Flag - Don't Tread on Me
Our US historic Gadsden flags are printed on high test DuPont Solar Max outdoor grade nylon and are an accurate representation of this unique, historically and politically motivated historical US flag donning the phrase "Don't Tread on Me". Our historical Flags are finished with heavy duty white headers and solid brass grommets for long lasting fly-ability and supreme endurance. Our Gadsden US "Don't Tread on Me" Flags are Made in the USA.
Benjamin Franklin is uniquely notable for his enduring sense of humor. In 1751, he wrote an sarcastic editorial in his Pennsylvania Gazette suggesting that to thank the Brits for their national policy of sending their convicted felons to America, that American colonists should in turn send rattlesnakes to England.
Three years later, in 1754, he used a snake to make another point. This time with not so humorous intentions. Franklin sketched, carved then published the first ever political cartoon in an American newspaper. The cartoon was an image of a snake divided into eight sections and is known as the Gadsden snake.
Each section Gadsden snake represented the individual colonies and the curves of the snake were to imply the coastline. New England was perched into one section creating the head of the snake, while South Carolina was erroneously at the tail. Beneath the snake were the suggestive words "Join, or Die".
By 1775, the Gadsden snake symbol was being printed in newspapers all over. This seemingly cartoon looking snake was popping up all over the colonies ... on uniform decorations and patches ... on US money ... and of course, on US banners and flags. Now we see the Gadsden flag represented with the phrase "Don't Tread on Me" indicative of the humorous, yet serious nature of the original Gadsden flag's intent.