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Travel Bug Dog Tag History-Gadsden Flag TB

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Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Texas, United States
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In the hands of Sprengepiel.

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Please drop this item in rural or Premium Member Only caches.  Do not drop it in an urban cache or leave it behind at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; this prevents the chain and tag tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take this travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission needed to leave the U.S.

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The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the snake is the legend "DONT TREAD ON ME". The flag was designed by and is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden. It was also used by the United States Marine Corps as an early motto flag.

The use of the timber rattlesnake as a symbol of the American colonies can be traced back to the publications of Benjamin Franklin. In 1751, he made the first reference to the rattlesnake in a satirical commentary published in his Pennsylvania Gazette. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, so Franklin suggested that they thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England. Benjamin Franklin's "Join, or Die" cartoonIn 1754, during the French and Indian War, Franklin published his famous woodcut of a snake cut into eight sections. It represented the colonies, with New England joined together as the head and South Carolina as the tail, following their order along the coast. Under the snake was the message "Join, or Die".

This was the first political cartoon published in an American newspaper. In fall 1775, the United States Navy was established to intercept incoming British ships carrying war supplies to the British troops in the colonies. To aid in this, the Second Continental Congress authorized the mustering of five companies of Marines to accompany the Navy on their first mission. The first Marines that enlisted were from Philadelphia and they carried drums painted yellow, depicting a coiled rattlesnake with thirteen rattles, and the motto "Don't Tread On Me." This is the first recorded mention of the future Gadsden flag's symbolism. At the Congress, Continental Colonel Christopher Gadsden represented his home state of South Carolina. He was one of three members of the Marine Committee who were outfitting the first naval mission. It is unclear whether Gadsden took his inspiration from the Marines' drums, or if he inspired them himself.

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Write note 08/24/2014 Team Fridde posted a note for it   Visit Log

Nice to see, that he is back alive. Was he really found 24.08.201[b]3[/b], and logged today?
It put him last year in that cache at Nationalparkhaus Wangerooge and tought he was stolen,
because he did not move anymore. I would be interested to hear, where he was found now?

Mark Missing 09/27/2013 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Grab It (Not from a Cache) 08/24/2013 Sprengepiel grabbed it   Visit Log

Got it.

Discovered It 08/24/2013 Sprengepiel discovered it   Visit Log

Found it on the island Wangerooge, Germany.
Heike, Sven and Frank

Write note 08/19/2013 Roedel Filos posted a note for it   Visit Log

9:30 Uhr: Leider nicht im Cache "Nationalpark Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer" gesehen. Da hat wohl jemand noch nicht das Logbuch eingetragen, oder das TB ist geklaut, die anderen 2 sind nämlich auch nicht dort.
Not seen in this cache. Perhaps it's stolen, because the other 2 TB's aren't there either.

Dropped Off 07/22/2013 Team Fridde placed it in Nationalpark Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer Niedersachsen, Germany - .27 miles  Visit Log
Visited 07/20/2013 Team Fridde took it to SOS auf Wangerooge #40 Niedersachsen, Germany - 148.31 miles  Visit Log
Visited 07/16/2013 Team Fridde took it to LT Sonderedition Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 22.48 miles  Visit Log
Visited 06/30/2013 Team Fridde took it to Dicke Kumpel Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 93.97 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 06/27/2013 Team Fridde retrieved it from TB-Hotel A1 Abfahrt Köln-Niehl Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   Visit Log

Nice Bug, i will take him withme more in North-East direction.

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