The flag of California – the symbol of one of 50 US states.
The flag of California is known as a “Bear Flag”. It consists of a white field (symbolizes purity), an image of a bear, and a red stripe below the image. The inscription, “CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC” is placed between the image of the bear and the red stripe. There is also a red star in an upper left corner of the flag which represents sovereignty and courage. The star was taken from the California Lone Star Flag of 1836. The name of the bear walking on a green grass is “Monarch”. It was made according to the model of a real bear captured by Allen Kelley, a newspaper reporter, in 1889. Greasy bear is an official state animal of California. On the flag it symbolizes strength.
The flag of California was first flown during the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846. However, it was officially adopted only in 1911. In 1953 the standardization of an image of the bear was made based on the picture made by Charles Christian Nahl.
Total area:423,968 km2
Formation:9. 9. 1850