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A diamond on a red field represents the only place in North America where diamonds have been discovered and mined. The twenty-five white
stars around the diamond mean that Arkansas was the twenty-fifth state to join the Union. The top of four stars in the center represents that
Arkansas was a member of the Confederate States during the Civil War. The other three stars represent Spain, France and the United States,
countries that had earlier ruled the land that includes Arkansas.
The official statutes of the state of Arkansas describe the state seal as follows:
It shall be the duty of the Governor to procure a seal for the State of Arkansas, which shall present
the following impressions, devices, and emblems, to wit: An eagle at the bottom, holding a scroll in its
beak, inscribed "Regnat Populus", a bundle of arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other; a
shield covering the breast of the eagle, engraved with a steamboat at top, a beehive and plow in the middle,
and sheaf of wheat at the bottom; the Goddess of Liberty at the top, holding a wreath in her right hand,
a pole in the left hand, surmounted by a liberty cap, and surrounded by a circle of stars outside of which is
a circle of rays; the figure of an angel on the left, inscribed "Mercy", and a sword on the right hand, inscribed
"Justice", surrounded with the words "Seal of the State of Arkansas".
Officially known as "The Natural State", Arkansas is known throughout the country for its natural beauty, clear lakes and streams
and abundance of natural wildlife.