Don't Tread On Me
A brief history of the Gadsden Flag, and the "Don't Tread On Me" meaning:
"She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. ... she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?"
The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag from 1775 with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake ready to strike. Positioned below the snake are the words, "DON'T TREAD ON ME." The flag was designed by and is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden. Though Gadsden gets the credit, its first recorded use was painted on the drums of the Continental Marines - and the first flag ever carried into battle by the United States Marine Corps, during the American Revolution.
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