The Florida State flag reflects its status as the land of sunshine, flowers, palm trees and rivers. The Florida flag features a red saltire, or diagonal cross, on a white field with the state seal superimposed at the center. Florida’s previous state flag included only the state seal on a white background. Florida’s governor added the saltire to the state flag in the 1890’s in an effort to avoid confusion with the white flag of surrender. The Florida State seal at the center of the saltire highlights the state’s natural treasures, industry and peoples. A brilliant sun rays shines over a high land in the distance as a steamboat sails on a river and a Native American Seminole woman scatters flowers. The Florida seal also features a sabal palmetto palm, the state tree of Florida. The seal is encircled by the words “Great Seal of the State of Florida: In God We Trust”.