Section 1: Symbols of the United States

The United States adopted an official Great Seal in 1782.

Figure 46. The United States adopted an official Great Seal in 1782. The American bald eagle is the main part of the Seal of the United States.

A symbol represents something else. One of the most important symbols of the United States is the American flag. Examples of other U.S. symbols include the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, and the Great Seal of the United States.