Q:

Why does the bald eagle represent America?

A:

The bald eagle was chosen by the founding fathers because it symbolized strength, courage, freedom and immortality. The founding fathers felt that the bird encompassed these qualities in the same way that the newly formed United States did.

The process of choosing the bald eagle was not a quick one. It took almost 6 years. Other birds were suggested because many felt that the eagle, which was often seen as a pest, did not represent all the things that America did. The turkey was even suggested as an alternative to the eagle because it was said to be a more moral bird. It was rumored that the eagle was also chosen because one of the first battles of Revolution, which occurred early in the morning, awoke the eagles, and they circled above the battlefield. They were said to voice their loud cries as they flew. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared June 20, 1982, as National Bald Eagle day and also the year of 1982 as the bicentennial year of the eagle. The bald eagle symbol is seen almost daily by Americans. The symbol is found on all values of paper money and a number of the coins, including quarters.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What is the scientific name of the bald eagle?

    A:

    The scientific name for the bald eagle is Haliaeetus leucocephalus. The first part of the name, Haliaeetus, is Latin for sea eagle, and the second part, leucocephalus, means white-headed.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the scientific name for a bald eagle?

    A:

    The scientific name for the bald eagle is Haliaeetus leucocephalus, which is formed from the words "halo," "aeetos" and "leukos," meaning sea eagle with a white head. Its common name refers to its white head, since at one time, the word "bald" meant "white."

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why is Samuel Adams famous?

    A:

    Samuel Adams is famous for being one of the most prominent leaders of the independence movement leading up to the American Revolution, and for being one of the founding fathers of America. He is also famous for founding the Sons of Liberty, the organization behind the Boston Tea Party. Adams helped create the Congressional Congress, in which he represented Massachusetts. He was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1794.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is on the Utah state seal?

    A:

    The state seal of Utah includes a shield, bordered by two American flags, that sits below the perch of a bald eagle. A beehive is depicted in the shield, with Sego lilies appearing on either side. "Utah," "1896" and "Industry" are printed on the seal, according to State Symbols USA.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore