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Adopted in 1875.
In 1897, Rhode Island became the third of the original thirteen colonies to formally adopt a state flag. (New York and New Jersey adopted their flags in 1896.) It also ranks among the most unique and elegant state flags.
The design consists of a white field, or background, with a golden anchor. Beneath the anchor is a blue ribbon with the motto “HOPE” in gold letters. The anchor and motto are surrounded by thirteen stars in a circle, representing the thirteen original states.
The colors white and blue were used in flags carried by Rhode Island regiments during the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Mexican War. The stars which represent the thirteen original states were also used on flags of Rhode Island regiments during the Revolution.
The anchor has been associated with Rhode Island since its foundation. An anchor was adopted as the province's seal in 1647. In 1644, King Charles II granted the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations a more liberal charter, and the world “Hope” was placed above the anchor on a new seal.
At the Rhode Island State House, in the middle of the Rotunda, in the center of the floor, is a brass replica of the State Seal, embedded into the marble floor. At the center of the seal is an anchor, which symbolizes hope and reminds us of the importance of water to the Ocean State. Above the anchor is the word "Hope," drawn from the words of Roger Williams to the early settlers: "Hope in the Divine." A garland of leaves surrounds the shield which holds the anchor and around it all are the words "Seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 1636."
Rhode Island State Code§ 42-4-2 State seal. – There shall continue to be one seal for the public use of the state; the form of an anchor shall be engraven thereon; the motto thereof shall be the word "Hope"; and in a circle around the outside shall be engraven the words, "Seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1636".