The rattlesnake flags were the product of the southern
colonies. One of the first of these was the Gadsden Flag, devised by Colonel
Christopher Gadsden, a patriot of South Carolina, and presented to Congress
with the expressed desire that it be designated as the flag of the Commander of
the American Navy. Congress thanked him for the idea and discussed Benjamin
Franklin’s analysis of the Rattlesnake, but declined to incorporate it into
It is claimed that the Gadsden Flag was flown on the “Alfred” as the
personal banner of commander Esek Hopkins, Commander of the American Navy. It
was run up by John Paul Jones. The words “Don’t Tread on Me” were evolved from
an incident of the times. Lord North had declared that he would never relax his
coercive measures until he had brought America to his feet. The sentence is an
answer to his Highness and a warning as well. It said, that should he
accomplish his purpose, it would be as dangerous to tread on America as it
would be to tread on her symbol – the American rattler.
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