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[United Columbia Flag] image by Luc Baronian, 18 May 2005

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Flag according to a description and image sent to me by Gerald Hinkley of Williamstown Vermont, after the 2003 NAVA meeting in Montreal. The flag is reported in [ojj79], and in the following, according to the documentation I received:

Manifest Destiny's Underworld: Filibustering in Antebellum America by Robert E. May. Copyright (c) 2002 by the University of North Carolina Press. All rights reserved.

Morrissey, Charles, The flag that never flew over Vermont. Yankee Magazine, October, 1981.

Moss, James A., The Flag of our United States. Rand-McNally Company, Chicago, 1938.

I unfortunately was not able to check all of them. According to the info I do have, the flag was designed by Ira Allen who went to France in 1796, and brought back 20 000 muskets and 24 pieces of artillery for the Vermont militia as part of a plan to remove Quebec (then Lower Canada) from British rule. Allen's ship was captured by the British on the high seas. Two centuries later, a roughly sewn flag of 9x12 inches turned up in the National Archives in Paris, signed by Ira Allen and proposed to be the flag a unified Vermont and Quebec that would be known as United Columbia. Allen wrote: "the red and blue were the French Tri-color, the green separated by white stripes symbolized Vermont."
Luc Baronian, 18 May 2005