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State of New York
Symbols


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State Flag: ( click here - for enlarged view)

Emblazoned on a dark blue field is the state coat of arms. The goddess Liberty holds a pole with a Liberty Cap on top. Liberty stands for freedom. At her feet is a discarded crown, representing freedom from England at the end of the revolutionary war. On the right is the goddess, Justice. She wears a blindfold and carries the scales of justice. Meaning that everyone receives equal treatment under the law. The state motto "Excelsior" on a white ribbon expresses the idea of reaching upward to higher goals. On the shield a sun rises over the Hudson highlands and ships sail the Hudson river. Above the shield is an eagle resting on a globe representing the Western Hemisphere.




State Seal:

The Great Seal of New York was first established in 1777 to act as the official seal of the state. In 1778 a second form was completed that included a a full coat of arms. In 1882 a final law was adopted describing the seal as designed in 1778..

New York's seal features the state's official Coat of Arms encircled by the words "The Great Seal of the State of New York". The Coat of Arms is crested by an American eagle, wings outstretched. The eagle stands upon a globe, showing the North Atlantic Ocean. The female figures of Liberty and Justice stand upon a scroll that proclaims "Excelsior", or "Ever Upward". Liberty and Justice frame a scene of two ships on a river, with the sun gloriously rising above the mountains.




State Nickname:

New York acquired its nickname "Empire State" to recognize its vast wealth and variety of resources.




Other Symbols Links:

Sources:
State Names, Flags, Seals and Symbols
http://www.50states.com/newyork.htm
http://www.geobop.com/World/NA/US/NY/
http://www.sos.state.ny.us/htm/seal.htm
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/newyork/

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