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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

French Tricolor

Bicentennial Flag Memorial

 
 
French Tricolor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. French Tricolor Marker
Inscription.

With the Revolution won and the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783, the United States was extended westward to the Mississippi River. To the west of the Mississippi, the French Tricolor waved over French Louisiana until the purchase of that huge territory by the United States in 1803. Spanish and later Mexican Flags also flew over a vast area of the west and southwest.

Only as the result of Treaties with Spain, the establishment of the Republic of Texas, settlements at the conclusion of the Mexican War and the Gadsden Purchase (1853) from Mexico did the United States come to own the old Spanish lands all the way to the Pacific Ocean. While the French Tricolor and Spanish Flags were being withdrawn from the North American Continent, British and Russian interests remained.

The Russian-American Company Flag flew over Alaska and an outpost in northern California. Also the Oregon Country was jointly occupied by the British and the United States until the "Oregon question" was answered by the forty-ninth parallel settlement of 1846.

By 1853, the main area of the United States had reached its present size. Russia withdrew in 1867 when Alaska was purchased and the United States was extended beyond the continental limits.
 
Erected by City of Wichita and Sons of the
Bicentennial Flag Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Bicentennial Flag Memorial
American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 37° 41.389′ N, 97° 20.656′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Click for map. Memorial is in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 North Greenway, Wichita KS 67202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag) (here, next to this marker); Flag of Fifteen Stripes (here, next to this marker); Grand Union Flag (here, next to this marker); Stars and Stripes (1818) (here, next to this marker); Commander In Chief's Personal Flag (here, next to this marker); Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861) (here, next to this marker); Union Flag (here, next to this marker); Confederate Flag (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Louisiana Purchase. (Submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. French National Symbols: The Tricolor. (Submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Veterans Memorial Park of Wichita. (Submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. ExplorationMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar, Mexican-American
 
French Tricolor Flag image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. French Tricolor Flag
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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