Adopted 3 June 1913. The flag tells the history of the borough from the time of it's purchase from the Indians by Dutch Governor William Kieft, whose shield is typified by the blue, white and blue stripes. The circle of wampum denotes the Indian name for Long Island 'Seawanhaka' First settlers are represented by the 2 flowers. Tulip - Dutch Double red & white rose- English. The houses of York and Lancaster. The crown in honor of Queen Catherine of Braganza. The date indicates the year in which Queens became a part of the city of New York on 1 January 1898.
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