First seen around 1775, this Massachusetts Colony flag was another of the first “colors” raised in defiance to British rule. The flag was all white and featured a green colored Pine Tree in it's center. Above the tree was the phrase (in black), “An Appeal To Heaven” (referencing God's help in removing British Government), can be traced to British Philosopher John Locke and his 1690 political doctrine of Government. Massachusetts (being a hotbed for Colonial anti-British fervor), used this and The Gadsden Flag extensively. It was known to have been carried into battle as early as October, 1775. It would eventually bt replaced by The Ross Flag.