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The flag of Indiana was adopted on May 31, 1917. The flag contains a blue field with a gold torch in the center to represent liberty and enlightenment. Around the torch there are nineteen stars that represent Indiana`s place as the nineteenth state to become part of the United States. The thirteen stars around the torch symbolize the original thirteen colonies and the five inner stars symbolize the five states added to the union. The large star above the torch represents Indiana.
Indiana is nicknamed The Hoosier State. The origin of the word Hoosier is rooted deep in the history of Indiana and the original meaning has been lost. Historians, folklorists, politicians, and everyday Hoosiers offer many colourful theories on the origin of the term, but no one has a definitive answer.