During the American Revolution, the rattlesnake was a symbol of rebellion against colonial British rule. The unity of the colonies made them a powerful force. One of the first snake flags in use was Christopher Gadsden’s "Don’t Tread on Me" flag. Known as the Gadsden flag, it displays a coiled rattlesnake with the motto "Don’t Tread on Me."
The rattlesnake has long been an important American emblem. In 1751 Benjamin Franklin published an article in his Pennsylvania Gazette suggesting the colonists send rattlesnakes to Britain in return for the convicts they sent to America.
Native to America, rattlesnakes produce a loud rattling noise when threatened. Unless they are provoked or stepped on, rattlers will not attack. They do not surrender in an attack, and with teeth like hypodermic needles and debilitating, toxic venom, they are truly dangerous animals to entice. Using the rattlesnake image on a flag shows unity and power or it can be conceived as a threat. The image in essence is meant as a warning that America will attack when provoked and won't give up, just like the rattlesnake.
3x5 Gadsden Flags fly with ease and are made in America. Made from heavy-duty outdoor nylon, each flag features a canvas heading, brass grommets and quad-stitching for outdoor resiliency.
10% of every 3x5 Gadsden Flag sale is donated to Stop Soldier Suicide.
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