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California Flags – State of California Indoor & Outdoor Flags

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About California Flags

The California state flag is commonly known as the Bear Flag in honor of its emblem. The earliest California flags were flown during a rebellion against the Mexican government that ruled over California, making it one of the few state flags to originate as part of a rebel movement. The California flag is also one of only four state flags in the United States that does not include any blue in its design.

California Flags: Colors & Symbolism

California flags feature a white canton with a large brown grizzly bear on a patch of green grass above the words, “California Republic”. A red stripe stretches across the bottom of the flag and a five-pointed red star hangs in the upper left. The grizzly is California’s state animal and represents strength and resilience, while the red star symbolizes courage, independence and California’s revolutionary history.

History of California Flags

The California state flag is derived from the flag of the Bear Flag Revolt, which began in 1846. The revolt led to California gaining its independence from Mexico and joining the United States after only a few weeks, but those few weeks were enough to provide California with one of the most distinctive flags in the United States.

The California Republic Historical Flag resembled the modern flag, but the bear and text were placed near the star in the canton. The depiction of the bear was also significantly less professional than the current design. It was designed by a Californian named William Todd, who produced the first flag with the materials that were available to him at the time. Todd's flag was kept on display until 1906, when it was destroyed in a fire.

The design used for modern California flags dates back to 1911. The design was very popular, so the fundamental aspects of the design have never changed despite later laws that served to clarify the precise details of the flag's design.

About the Golden State of California

California was part of the Spanish and Mexican territories. Before the war with Mexico, settlers declared an independent state at Sonoma, and raised the American flag at Monterey. California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850.

Area of California: 158,693 sq. miles
Capital: Sacramento
Major Products: Oil, Natural gas, Minerals, Gold, Cotton, Fruit, Livestock, Timber, Fish, Manufactured goods, Aerospace, Electronics, Tourism
State Motto: I have found it (Eureka)

Types of California Flags & Banners

Our Outdoor California Flags are digitally printed with UV rated dupont ink, and available in a variety of materials and sizes. We also carry Indoor California Flags in an assortment of sizes and mounting types, as well as an Indoor California Flag Set with hardwood flagpole and brass finished stand. To round out the collection, we offer two types of California Flag Lapel Pins and 4x6” California Stick Flags.

All of our California Flags and pins can be purchased online, or by calling 1-888-697-3524. For questions about our California flags, give us a call or contact us online.