This is a bad question but its worst going on not knowing im an American

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Founding Fathers wanted to choose an animal that was unique to the United States. For six years, the members of Congress engaged in a dispute over what the national emblem should be. As a result of the debate, the bald eagle was chosen because it symbolized strength, courage, freedom, and immortality and that it would look much better as our national symbol.

    When Europeans first arrived on the North American continent in the 1600's, there were an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 bald eagles, but populations have since dropped for many reasons. Many eagles were captured for getting too close to poultry or fishing nets; some were captured for falconry; and many eagles were poisoned by pesticides. In 1967, the bald eagle was included on the Endangered Species List.Federal laws, such as the Bald Eagle Protection Act, protect the bald eagle and have led to the recovery of bald eagle populations.


  • 1 decade ago

    The eagle represents freedom. Living as he does on the tops of lofty mountains, amid the solitary grandeur of Nature, he has unlimited freedom, whether with strong pinions he sweeps into the valleys below, or upward into the boundless spaces beyond.

    It is said the eagle was used as a national emblem because, at one of the first battles of the Revolution (which occurred early in the morning) the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles on the heights and they flew from their nests and circled about over the heads of the fighting men, all the while giving vent to their raucous cries. "They are shrieking for Freedom," said the patriots.

    Thus the eagle, full of the boundless spirit of freedom, living above the valleys, strong and powerful in his might, has become the national emblem of a country that offers freedom in word and thought and an opportunity for a full and free expansion into the boundless space of the future.

    --Maude M. Grant

  • CJlove
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Actually bald eagles eat fish. They only live in the US and are a symbol of bravery to early settlers. Eagles have always been symbols of courage and bravery since Roman times. Benjamin Franklin wanted the Turkey as our symbol, but it was kind of cumbersome to put a turkey and arrows on our national seal, so I guess the Eagle looked better.

  • 1 decade ago

    Benjamin Franklin thought the American wild turkey was better. The Eagle has a fierce looking image.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because they fit the goals of America for soaring high.

  • 1 decade ago

    It eats carrion, never picks on anything its own size, and is in danger of extinction.

    Strangely appropriate.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    is the best bird they got from then till now.

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