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Don't Tread on Me

The First Navy Jack

Welcome to, my Web site devoted entirely to the historic First Navy Jack "Don't Tread on Me" flag. This powerful American symbol was used by the Continental Navy in 1775 and is being used again by the U.S. Navy in the War on Terrorism.

This site has three content areas:

  1. The history of the Navy Jack Don't Tread on Me flag.
  2. Suggestions on where to buy Don't Tread on Me flags, Navy Jack shirts, bumperstickers, etc.
  3. Navy Jack clip art & free downloads.

You might also be interested in's sister site, The Gadsden flag is just as historic. It shares the same "Don't Tread on Me" motto but instead of a uncoiled snake on 13 alternating red-and-white stripes, the Gadsden flag features a coiled rattlesnake — ready to strike — on a bright yellow field.

The Gadsden site is updated with news about Don't Tread on Me symbolism, so if the topic interests you that is definitely work a look.

Here's something super cool. "Don't Tread on Me" got hip.

Two brothers in California, Tim and Luke Bauer, have created a designer line based on the DTOM slogan.

Dont tread on me Chris Daughtry The Bauer brothers have got their roots in a gritty biker culture but the design is so slick that rock stars and Hollywood hipsters have started wearing their stuff. In the pic to the right is Chris Daughtry from American Idol wearing one of their shirts on MTV.

I've been speaking to Tim and he says if any of you put the code "1776" code on the order form on their website they'll include a free gift. It will be something like a poster, key chain, or sticker, but it will depend on what's available for the season.

Looking for a Navy Jack item? Click over to visit Larry and Patrick at the Gadsden and Culpeper American Heritage Shoppe.

They've got the best selection of "Don't Tread on Me" products I've ever found: flags ... t-shirts ... hats ... license plates .... Their latest items are 12" x 18" boat flags.

Dont tread on me boat flags

Dont Tread on Me flag products

By the way, if you tell them I sent you, you'll get a free "Don't Tread on Me" sticker with any purchase.

Don't Tread on Me Flag History

Navy Jack Flags & Merchandise

Here are the best places I know for buying Don't Tread on Me flags and related items.

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Don't Tread on Me Flag Clip Art & Downloads

Here is a page of free Don't Tread on Me clip art I created especially for use on Web pages.

Below are four First Navy Jack flag images you can use as wallpaper for your Windows desktop. With most Web browsers, here's all you need to do. Click on the image link below that fits your screen resolution. Then right-click on the image and select "Set as Background."

You can also use the Web background image that I created for this site on your own home page. Just click on this link to view the Navy Jack snake Web background, right-click on the image, and select "Save Picture As." Save it on your local machine, upload it from there to your Web server, and put BACKGROUND=navyjack-bg.gif in the BODY tag of your Web page.

If you use one of my images on your Web page, all I ask in return is that you link to this site. Thanks.

Yours in liberty,

Chris Whitten

P.S. Questions, comments, or announcements related to the flag or American history? Use this Founding Fathers forum.

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