Florida (FL) State Flag The 27th state, admitted 1845
Florida's original state flag, in 1845, was only used once because it created a political commotion. The next Florida state flag, in 1861, was designed because Florida FL was preparing to secede from the Union and could no longer use the Union flag. The Florida state flag had three large stars on it, representing Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina, the three states that had seceded. Another Florida state flag was adopted soon after secession. But after the Civil War, a new Florida state flag was designed. It depicts the Florida state seal in the center of a white field. On the seal are symbols of Florida - the sun, a palm tree, a steamboat, and a Native American woman scattering flowers. The red cross of St. Andrew was added in 1900. Since then, the original cocoa tree became a cabbage palmetto. And the Native American's dress was altered to show more accurately that she is of the Seminoles, a Native American tribe that has long lived in Florida.