As we all know, the country began with thirteen states, each represented by a stripe and a star on the brand new American flag, and I suppose no one really thought about anything past that. However, by 1795 both Vermont and Kentucky had come into the Union and a new flag that sported fifteen stripes and fifteen stars was born. I suppose adding a stripe and a star for each new state sounded like a plan at the time.
By 1818, it was obvious that the flag would grow to epic size if the original plan continued, and Congress agreed that a new star would be added to the flag each time a state entered the Union; however, the stripes were reduced to thirteen to honor the original thirteen states.
It wasn’t until 1912 that the arrangement of the stars became official. Since that time those stars have increased by two with the admission of Alaska and Hawaii.