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General background about the Connecticut Flag

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Connecticut's state flag consists of an azure blue field, set over with an argent white shield of rococo design, having in the center three grape vines, supported and bearing fruit in natural colors. The bordure to the shield is gold on the interior and silver on the exterior, and is adorned with natural-colored clusters of white oak leaves bearing acorns. Below the shield is a white streamer, cleft at each end, bordered by a band of gold within fine brown lines, and upon the streamer in dark blue block letters shall be the motto "QUI TRANSTULIT SUSTINET".

  • MOTTO: "He Who Transplants Still Sustains"
  • ENTERED UNION: Jan. 9, 1788
  • FLAG ADOPTED: June, 1897
  • COMMENTS: Connecticut wasn't in a hurry, it took over 100 years before they decided to adopt an official state flag. On May 29, 1895, Governor Coffin introduced the first proposal for a state flag to the Connecticut General Assembly, after being urged to do so by Anna Warner Bailey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


As described by state statute, the official state flag must be made of silk. The three grapevines on the flag, each of which bears fruit, represents transplants from somewhere else, just as all of the pilgrims who chose Connecticut as their home were transplanted from somewhere else. This concept of 'transplants' is the perfect symbol for Connecticut, and is a nod to the history of the state and to the country as well. This concept is also reflected in the state motto..."He Who Transplants Still Sustains". The 'official' state flag is simply a standardized version of the previously flown unofficial flag (it was not redesigned). In 1990, the law describing the flag was modified slightly, basically they added the 'clusters of white oak leaves bearing acorns' to the official description.


Connecticut Flag
State Flag, Connecticut




  • The first fully operational steel mill in the U.S. opened in Simsbury in 1728.
  • Old Newgate, in East Granby just north of Hartford, was the first state prison in America. Originally a copper mine, it was used to house Loyalists to the King during the Revolutionary War.
  • Mark Twain lived in Hartford for many years. While there, he wrote several of his books, including Huckleberry Finn.
  • Connecticut sent so many supplies to the Continental and Union Armies during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars that it became known as the 'Provision State'.
  • In 1901 Connecticut was the first state to pass an automobile law setting the maximum speed limit to 12 miles per hour in cities and 15 mph on country roads.
  • Connecticut was first governed under a document called the Fundamental Orders, which later served as a model for the U.S. Constitution. For this reason, Connecticut is called the Constitution State.


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