History Of The Eagle - An American Symbol

By | September 18, 2019

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Visions of America Joe Sohm. Source: (Collection: DigitalVision, Creative #:73069138, Getty Images)

The Bald Eagle became a national seal for the United States just a few years (1782) after the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But why a bald eagle?

Like the Roman Empire and some other countries, the Founding Fathers considered the United States an independent nation and have used the eagle to represent this. It was the job of Charles Thomson, who was the secretary of Congress, to come up with a national seal for the new country after ideas were rejected by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. He did receive inspiration from some of the previous ideas such as William Barton’s idea of a small white eagle. Instead of the white eagle, he completed the design with the Bald Eagle instead.  

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Protecting The Nest. Source: (Wikipedia)

Humans could learn a lot from the Bald Eagle. They are birds of commitment. When they mate, they mate for life and both mother and father take care of their babies. The nest is protected by one or the other at all times. Fish is their preferred food of choice but they will eat small mammals and snakes as well.