Oregon’s state seal proudly displays an American eagle, with wings outstretched, atop a shield rich with symbols of the 33rd state. The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean as a British man-of-war sails away, symbolizing the end of British influence in Oregon’s affairs. Another ship, an American merchant, sails toward the shore, symbolizing the independence and power of America’s ships and commerce. Oregon’s forests and mountains stand tall in the scene. The role of the state’s settlers is represented by a covered wagon and team of oxen. A magnificent elk represents the state’s wildlife resources. A sheaf of wheat and a plow symbolize the state’s agricultural potential, and a pickax represents its mineral wealth. A banner proclaims “The Union”. An arc of 33 stars represents each of the states of the Union, and around the perimeter of the seal are the words “State of Oregon 1859”.