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He said to George Washington, "While the field of your flag must be new in the details of its design, it need not be entirely new in its elements.
There is already in use a flag, I refer to the flag of the East India Company." This was a way of symbolising American loyalty to the Crown as well as the United States' aspirations to be self-governing, as was the East India Company.
Most were individually crafted rather than mass-produced.
While there are many examples of 13-star arrangements, some of those flags included blue stripes as well as red and white.
Benjamin Franklin once gave a speech endorsing the adoption of the Company's flag by the United States as their national flag.
One arrangement features 13 five-pointed stars arranged in a circle, with the stars arranged pointing outwards from the circle (as opposed to up), the so-called Betsy Ross flag.
This flag, however, is more likely a flag used for celebrations of anniversaries of the nation's birthday.
Experts have dated the earliest known example of this flag to be 1792 in a painting by John Trumbull.
Despite the 1777 resolution, the early years of American independence featured many different flags.