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State Symbols You Should Know - February 15, 2013

Q: How many stars are located on the Great Seal of the State of Kansas? 

Are there: 13… 32… 34… or 50 stars?

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A: 34 (Because Kansas is the 34th state & 34th star on the American flag)

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The Kansas Legislature adopted the state's seal in May of 1861. Under the resolution, the design of the Great Seal of the State of Kansas looks like this:

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On the seal, the east is represented by a rising sun in the right-hand corner. To the left of it, a river and a steamboat represent commerce. Agriculture is represented by a settler's cabin and a man plowing a field with a pair of horses. A train of wagons heading west, a herd of buffalo and two Native Americans on horseback are also depicted. Around the top of the great seal is the state motto: "Ad astra per aspera," or… “to the stars through difficulties.” And speaking of stars, there’s a cluster of 34 stars on the seal, signifying that Kansas was the 34th state to enter the Union.

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