Florida has always had a rich history of settlers and their conquest of this land. Dating back to 1513, the Spanish flag was planted on Florida soil by Juan Ponce de León. It has been generally accepted as having been the first European flag flown on American soil. The stars and stripes of the United States, bearing twenty-three stars for the twenty-three states of the Union, was unfurled over St. Augustine on July 16th, 1821, upon the ceding of Florida to the United States by Spain.

The period prior to 1912 for the American flag is unique because there were 66 different accepted designs causing President Taft to issue rules to govern the new production of flags from that point on. The collection of American flags varies between materials as well as star patterns. Before 1900, flags were not abundant as they are today.

The public did not have access to a large supply of flags, as mostly they were used for display over government buildings and military locations. If a family owned a flag, most of the time they were hand made at home. The Osceola County Historical Society has preserved a variety of American flags that were displayed in homes throughout the county.

American flag framed with only 38 stars. Red, white stripes and blue square wuth white stars

38 Stars – Date unknown

Cadman Family Flag – 48 stars

Approximately 1912

Hand Sewn Embroidery

Date Unknown