In ‘Flag Facts,’ Brandon tells us the history of the New Hampshire state flag. After declaring independence from Great Britain, the state’s motto became “live free or die.” The ship pictured in the middle of the flag is the warship “Raleigh,” the first ship to fly the American flag. The nine stars around the ship represent New Hampshire’s position as the ninth state to approve the constitution, which officially put it into effect. The state is known for its supply of granite and having America’s first public library. New Hampshire also grew the first potato and was the birthplace of the first American astronaut in space, Alan Shepard.