The Pine Tree Flag http://cowboypress.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/an_appeal_to_... or Appeal to Heaven Flag, a traditional symbol of New England, was the first flag adopted by an American government. http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagfact.html The motto "Appeal To Heaven" was flown by ships in the Massachusetts Navy at the beginning of the American Revolution.
Unless, you mean officially, then it still isn't the first because the Union Jack represented the colonies allegiance to Great Britain prior to independence being declared. Betsy Ross' 13 star flag marked the beginning of an independent nation named the United States of America.
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