California Republic

Date: 1846

Description: White field, brown star and brown bear. [X04]

The tide of westward expansion carried American settlers into another Mexican territory, California, during the 1840s.

A local up-rising of Americans in California during 1846 resulted in the establishment of a short-lived republic which adopted this flag. The "Bear Flag" has been in use intermittently ever since, having been adopted as California's state flag in 1911. It is unusual both for its use of the bear, but also in using the word, "Republic" to describe the state.