The Michigan state flag identifies “The Wolverine State” as a land of peace connected by bodies of water. The flag depicts the Michigan Coat of Arms which honors the influence of Hudson’s Bay Company, one of the earliest fur trading companies in North America. The blue shield displays the sun rising over a lake and a peninsula. A man with a raised hand holds a long gun which signifies Michigan as a peaceful and welcoming land with the ability to defend itself. This image, coupled with the Latin saying that means “I will defend”, were of particular importance in 1835 as Michigan troops almost fought a battle against Ohio as tensions grew between the U.S. and British Canada. An eagle clutching both an arrow and an olive branch reinforce Michigan’s commitment to peace and its ability to defend itself.