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After reviewing some arguments for and against flag burning I became curious as to whether or not there were documented cases of the U.S. Founding Fathers (or politically influential people of the time) burning flags of other nations in protest or dissent e.g. the British flag.

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I'd be surprised if the thought ever occurred to them. The symbolic impact of a flag is a concept rooted in nationalism, which was still in its infancy. The earliest accounts of flag burning I can find in the United States are during the Civil War. –  Comintern Jun 29 at 17:23
Sorry, but a flag of a regiment or other military unit was very important thing for the regiment far before nationalism. So, a flag could be destroyed because of some deeds of a unit. It WOULD be taken as a punishment. And that flag was a state flag of the appropriate state. But of course, it was not a NATION flag, for there were no nations. –  Gangnus Jun 30 at 16:09
Flag burning is more a modern phenomena typical of the youth rebellion in the 1960s. In colonial times, there was no formal notion of "flag burning", although certainly protests involving indignities did occur. A standard way to express disapproval in those days was to scoop some shit off the ground (which was plentiful) and throw it at the persons detested. This was considered just as insulting as dirtying a flag. Flags were a lot more expensive 200 years ago, so there were much cheaper ways to protest. –  Tyler Durden Jun 30 at 17:02

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