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The North Dakota State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of North Dakota serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Peace Garden". The North Dakota state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The following motto, reflecting the spirit of the state, is also incorporated in the North Dakota state seal:

"Liberty and Union
Now & Forever One and Inseparable"

The North Dakota state seal identifies government buildings and officials. The symbolism, history and emblems of the seal are described in this article with fast facts.

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Facts on the North Dakota State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design of the North Dakota State Seal:

North Dakota State Seal Facts

Fact 1: The first seal used was that of the Dakota Territory that existed from March 2, 1861, until November 2, 1889 when statehood for North and South Dakota was achieved

Fact 2: Territorial Governor William Jayne approved the design on January 3, 1863.
Fact 3: New design adopted in 1889  and kept many of the attributes of the original Dakota Territory seal

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Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the North Dakota State Seal
The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems are as follows:

The top of the North Dakota State Seal is arched by a half circle of forty-two stars, surrounded by the state motto
Although North Dakota became the 39th state, the seal has forty-two stars across the top. Since it was not known at the time of statehood as to which "number" North Dakota would be, it is assumed that the stars represent the 42 states which the Union encompassed by the end of 1889.
A tree in the open field dominates the picture and the trunk of is surrounded by three bundles of wheat

In heraldry a wheatsheaf is called a garb and it symbolizes that harvest of one's hopes has been secured

The early inhabitants of the land are represented by a Native American Indian on horseback pursuing a buffalo towards the setting sun
A bow crossed with three arrows lies in the foreground of the picture
Important industries of the state are symbolized by a plow to represent agriculture, an anvil to represent a blacksmith and sledge hammer to represent coal mining
The North Dakota seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The North Dakota Seal of 1889
This is the 1889 design of the North Dakota seal which is very similar to the modern version. The pictures surrounding the seal represent the importance of agriculture to the early economy of the state especially in relation to the production of wheat and cattle ranching. Agriculture remains North Dakota's largest industry today.

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