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The Crown wanted greater control and taxes from the Colonies, to help pay off the debt of the French and Indian War. Isaac Barre commented that the colonies hadn't been planted by the care of the British government, they'd been established by people fleeing it.Protesting Colonial treatment by Britain in the late 1760s the Sons of Libery flew a flag of 9 vertical stripes alternating between red and white.The 9 stripes represent the colonies that participated in the Stamp Act Congress of 1765; The 4 white and 5 red stripes symbolized the "45," the number of the pamphlet by English civil-rights activist John Wilkes, published in 1763.John Wilkes' influence on the American Revolution came second only to Tomas Paine's "Common Sense." The first Sons of Liberty Flag is on display cased in in a controlled environment at the Old State House in Boston, Massachusetts .
One popular design used the front of the Great Seal in the canton. Documentation of regimental flags used are often non-existent or ambiguous.
Others independently designed differing variations. A design was decided upon in congress and then Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, was commissioned to construct the first official flag.
Although it would be difficult to say who actually designed the flag, it will be the flag sewn by Betsy Ross that becomes legend.
Mottos were often added to the design; "Hope," "Liberty," "Appeal to Heaven," or "Don't Tread on Me." There were many seamstresses that were engaged in the business of sewing flags, Just a few were Cornelia Bridges, Anne King, Margaret Manny, Elizabeth (Betsy) Ross, Anne Ward and Rebecca Young.
Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical commentary in his Pennsylvania Gazette in 1751 suggesting American Colonists should send rattlesnakes to England to thank them for sending convicted felons to America.