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The Vermont State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Vermont serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Green Mountain State". The Vermont 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 Vermont state seal:

"Freedom and Unity"

The Vermont state seal identifies government buildings and officials and elements of the seal are used in the centerpiece for the Vermont state flag. The symbolism, history and emblems of the seal are described in this article with fast facts and information.

Vermont State Seal


Facts on the Vermont 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 Vermont Seal:

Vermont State Seal Facts
Fact 1: Originally designed by Ira Allen (1751-1814), the brother of Ethan Allen and one of the founders of Vermont and a leader of the Green Mountain Boys
Fact 2: It was accepted by the General Assembly in 1779
Fact 3:  It was engraved by Reuben Dean of Windsor in 1778
Fact 4: The seal was updated in 1821 but the design reverted to the original in 1937

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

The wavy lines at the top and bottom of the design suggest sky and water reflecting waterways such as the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain

The central image of a large 14-branched pine tree rises from a lush green forest depicting smaller trees.

The pine tree symbolizes the extensive pine forests that  cover the state and provide the natural resources to make various products
In heraldry a pine tree symbolizes eternal life
The farming industry is represented by the picture of the cow and a total of four sheaths of wheat.

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

In 1609 French explorer Samuel de Champlain claimed Vermont as part of New France during its early colonial period but they lost control of the land in the 1763 Treaty of Paris. This aspect in the history of the state is probably symbolized by the fallen symbol of the French Fleur-de-lis.
The seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

Early Vermont Banner
This is an early banner displaying Coat of Arms of Vermont and the capitol of Montpellier

Early Vermont Banner

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