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    California flag facts
    Nickname: The Bear Flag
    Adopted: February 3, 1911
    Proportion: 2:3
    Colors: Pantone/Hex/RGB
    White: Safe/#FFFFFF/(255,255,255)
    Old Glory Red: 200/#B71234/(183,18,52)
    Maple Sugar: 729C/#BD8A5E/(189,138,94)
    Seal: 462C/#584528/(88,69,40)
    Irish Green: 348/#008542/(0,133,66)






California State Flag - Information

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 - meaning and symbolism
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
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California Flag - History, Facts & information for kids
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.
California Flag - History, Facts & information for kids

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.
California State Flag - Image | Picture
California State Flag - Image | Picture
California State Flag - Image | Picture
California State Flag - Image | Picture
California State Flag - Image | Picture
California State Flag - Image | Picture
California State Flag measurements