Show Your California Pride with the Official Bear Flag of California
This simple and stoic Bear Flag is the official flag of the state of California. This flag was first seen during the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt. The Bear Flag Revolt refers to a period of revolt by American settlers in Alta California, a Mexican territory, against Mexico. This revolt occurred at the very beginning of the Mexican-American War. Even though the participants of the revolt, which started on June 14, 1846, proclaimed independence from Mexico, they never actually formed a functional provisional government. So, this "republic" never actually exercised real authority, nor was it ever recognized by any nation. The truth is that most of Alta California never even knew about it! The revolt only lasted 26 days, after which the United States Army arrived to occupy the area. As soon as the leaders of the revolt realized that the United States was claiming the area, they disbanded their "republic" (and we use that term loosely), and supported the United States' efforts to annex Alta California. So really, the only contribution that the California Republic made was the creation of the (Grizzly) Bear Flag, whose symbols were later incorporated into the California state flag, even including the words "California Republic".
History of the Flag of California
The first official version of the Bear Flag was adopted in 1911. As you can see, the design consists of a wide red strip along the bottom of the flag with a red star in the upper left corner and a grizzly bear facing left in the center, walking on a patch of green grass. The bear was modeled after the last wild Californian grizzly bear in captivity. The bear's name was Monarch and he was captured in 1889.