California State Flag


    California Flag
    California flag
    Nickname The Bear Flag
    Adopted February 3, 1911
    Proportion 2:3
    Colors White
    Old Glory Red
    Maple Sugar
    Seal
    Irish Green
    California State Flag
    The official flag of the state of California (also known as the Bear Flag) has a grizzly bear above the words “California Republic” and a red stripe on a white field with a red star in the upper hoist corner. The design was based on the flag that was flown during the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt.
    California Flag Colors - symbolism
    California Flag Colors - meaning
    Grizzly Bear represents strength and persistence
    Red star stands for freedom
    Grass plot symbolizes fertility, vibrance and prosperity
    Red stripe stands for courage and sacrifice
    White background represents purity and peace
    California Flag official Colors

    Maple Sugar RGB: (189,138,94) Hex: #BD8A5E
    Old Glory Red RGB: (183,18,52) Hex: #B71234
    Irish Green RGB: (0,133,66) Hex: #008542
    Seal RGB: (88,69,40) Hex: #584528
    White RGB: (255,255,255) Hex: #FFFFFF
    California Flag history
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    The state flag of California was created on June 14, 1846 in Sonoma, California. It was designed by William Todd (cousin of First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln)
    The bear image on the original flag was drawn by William Todd and the bear on the current flag was created by Don G. Kelley, the founding editor of Pacific Discovery magazine.
    The five-pointed star on the flag was originally put there to reference Texas, the Lone Star State, as both California and Texas were states of Mexico and fought for independence from Mexico. The 1911 statute stated "The bear flag is hereby selected and adopted as the state flag of California... The said bear flag shall consist of a flag of a length equal to one and one-half the width thereof; the upper five-sixths of the width thereof to be a white field, and the lower sixth of the width thereof to be a red stripe; there shall appear in the white field in the upper left-hand corner a single red star, and at the bottom of the white field the words 'California Republic,' and in the center of the white field a California grizzly bear upon a grass plat, in the position of walking toward the left of the said field; said bear shall be dark brown in color and in length, equal to one-third of the length of said flag"
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    In the early 1840s, increasing influx of American and foreign visitors to the Mexican territory 'Alta California' made the local Mexican citizens uncomfortable. Tensions between Mexicans and Americans reached a flash point in 1846. Conflicts between Mexico and Texas escalted and US declared a war against Mexico on May 13, 1846, but the news did not reach 'Alta California' until July 1846. On June 10, 1846, a group of Americans living in California revolted against Mexican government by forcibly taking a string of horses from a Mexican Lieutenant. On June 14, 1846, they 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. This insurgency is now known as Bear Flag Revolt. The republic lasted only for about 24 days as the U.S. Flag was raised by the American Navy at Monterey in Alta California on July 7, 1846. California legislature recognized the 'Bear Flag' as the official state flag in 1911. When the flag is displayed vertically, it is rotated 90 degrees clockwise such that the bear and star face upward and red stripe is on the left
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    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.

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