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California State Flag

California's flag - click to see all state flags
California Flag. See All State Flags - National Flag.

The Bear Flag

Designed by William Todd (nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln), the historic bear flag was raised at Sonoma, California in 1846 by American settlers in revolt against Mexican rule (officially adopted as the state flag of California in 1911).

The once common California grizzly bear (also official state animal) portrays strength, the star represents sovereignty, the red color signifies courage, and the white background stands for purity.

Source:
State Flag: California State Library - History and Culture
Links:
Original Bear Flag: Virtual Museum of San Francisco
All State Flags - National Flag

    

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