The State Flag of California
The California Bear Flag

Information about the official state flag of California.

From the California State Library: The California Bear Flag
On June 14, 1846, a small band of settlers marched on the Mexican garrison at Sonoma and took the commandant, Mariano Vallejo, prisoner, They issued a proclamation which declared California to be a Republic independent of Mexico. This uprising became known as the Bear Flag Revolt after the hastily designed flag depicting a grizzly bear and a five pointed star over a red bar and the words "California Republic." The grizzly bear was a symbol of great strength while the lone star made reference to the lone Star of Texas. The flag only flew until July 9, 1846 when it was learned that Mexico and the United States were already at war. Soon after, the Bear Flag was replaced with the American flag. It was adopted as the State Flag by the State Legislature in 1911.

Wikipedia "Flag of California' Article
Article with information about the current California State Flag, including its design and colors. Also includes information about the history of the California Bear Flag, the California Lone Star Flag, and the California Governor's Flag.


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