Don’t Tread On Me — Gadsden Flag

Date September 22, 2011

Since colonial days, the rattlesnake has been used to portray the spirit of Americans. In 1774, Colonel Gadsden emphasized this by printing the legend “DONT TREAD ON ME” on his flag. The words swept the nation. The Culpeper Minutemen raised another defiant fist at the enemy by adding “LIBERTY OR DEATH” to Gadsden’s flag. The coiled snake might seem a strange symbol today, but it is effective. NO PERSON WHO EVER SEES IT FORGETS – AND THAT’S JUST THE KIND OF MESSAGE THE REVOLUTIONARIES WANTED TO SEND….

The guys at Gadsden and Culpeper American Heritage Shoppe, Ltd. have some great products that will help keep the spirit of Don’t Tread On Me alive.

The story behind Gadsden and Culpeper American Heritage Shoppe, Ltd.

We (Larry and Patrick) founded Gadsden and Culpeper American Heritage Shoppe, Ltd. on October 1st 2001 outside of Albany, NY. Like all of us, we were deeply affected and angered by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and like most of us, we adorned our homes with the Stars and Stripes to display our pride, unity and resilience. Being friends since grammar school, we both have accumulated a collection of historical flags over the years, and we went into our attics and closets and pulled out our Gadsden Flags. Never feeling threatened like this before, we both added the Don’t Tread on Me flag alongside our American Flag. Constant questions and interest from our friends and family, neighbors, and strangers about the Gadsden flag made us realize three things: 1) People love the Gadsden Flag and it’s motto “Don’t Tread On Me” 2) A lot of people do not know much about this American Historical Flag. 3) The availability of the “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and other products is limited.

So, we put our thoughts and limited resources together and created our company with this goal in mind. “To be America’s Official Don’t Tread on Me Outfitter: by providing inspiring historical information, a wide variety of unique quality products and excellent customer service.” We are extremely proud and grateful to be able to play an important role of “bringing back” the much needed Don’t Tread On Me spirit and attitude to our fellow patriots. The constant notes, emails and calls of appreciation from our customers from across the country and those fighting overseas touches us deeply and provides us with a tremendous amount of motivation and commitment to continue and improve.

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