The American Flag began with a flag created in 1777 and used until 1795. Congress then ordered, with passage of an act, that the new flag be composed of 15 alternating red and white stripes and contain a blue field with 15 stars. Another change was made by Congress in 1818. This edition of the flag was to alternate only 13 stripes, but a new star was to be added for each state that joined the Union.
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