The Great Seal Symbol

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Have you heard that the Great Seal of the United States is one of the most important symbols of our country today? If you have, then you are absolutely right. The Great Seal is a significant symbol of our country that took many years and trials to design. This seal is found on many items in our country. The Great Seal of the United States is a symbolic and hope-giving emblem of our country.

The date was July 4, 1776, the day America declared their independence from Great Britain, and Congress exclaimed to Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, "bring in a device for a seal for the United States of America” (“Seal”). These men were the first committee to try to create a seal for the United States of America. The United States needed a national symbol to sign treaties and other official documents. The committee chose the Switzerland born artist; Pierre Eugene du Simitiѐre to create their vision.

Everyone on the committee had their own ideas and mottoes of what the symbol should look like. Benjamin
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Their design featured many details that are significant to the United States. One detail was a shield with six areas, 3 for Britain and 3 for Europe. Each was on the shield and had a different symbol representing a place, for example; it had a rose for England, a thistle for Scotland, a harp for Ireland, the Fleur-de-lis for France, a Belgic Lion for Holland, and an Imperial Eagle for Germany. On the left side of the shield was the God of Justice, and on the right was the Goddess of Liberty. The seal also included a border with each of the 13 original colonies’ initials. Another symbolic detail is The Eye of Providence inside of a triangle. Lastly, the seal included the motto “E Pluribus Unum,” this means “Out of many, one” in Latin. Congress felt the design they created was too complicated and was later rejected, but many of their original ideas remain on the seal
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