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Saybrook Colony (U.S.)


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[Saybrook flag] image by Dave Martucci, 13 November 2023

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Saybrook (now part of Connecticut) was established and in the late 17th century and had a militia flag. This article: shows a red flag with a white canton and St. George cross.
Ethan Dubrow, 13 November 2023

Saybrook was never a separate colony (despite what Wikipedia says) unless you count Saybrook Plantation settled in 1635 as a colony; it was purchased by and brought under the Connecticut Charter in 1644 but remained a plantation and not incorporated as a municipality until 1854.

The flag illustration sent by Ethan is a reconstruction from the 1675 text given by someone unfamiliar with militia flags and the Venn system of military colors then in use. My reconstruction of what the militia color of Saybrook Plantation in 1675 more likely looked like is attached. An in-depth review of these types of flags was published in 2006 by NAVA in Raven 13, “Flag and Symbol Usage in Early New England”, by yours truly,
Dave Martucci, 13 November 2023