The General Assembly of the state adopted an official design for a state flag 90 years after Rhode Island became the last member of the first 13 colonies. The colors and design of the flag date back to colonial times and the Providence Plantations under King Charles II of England The colors, white and blue, were flown during the American Revolution, and the thirteen stars representing the thirteen colonies were also displayed on during the Revolution. Todays, the state flag is the same flag that was adopted in 1897. An anchor centered on the white background is surrounded by thirteen stars. And below the Anchor, there is a blue ribbon that displays the the state motto word “HOPE”.