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CALIFORNIA

California is a constituent state of the United States of America. California is bounded by the U.S. state of Oregon to the north, the states of Nevada and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. On September 9, 1850, California was declared as the 31st state of the union and by the early 1960s it was the most populous U.S. state.

The flag of California is a symbol of Bear Flag Revolt. It was a short-lived independence rebellion by American settlers in California’s Sacramento Valley against Mexican authorities. In the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846, which occurred in the Mexican-American War, a group of American settlers in the then Mexican-ruled territory of California self proclaimed independence and hoisted the flag with Bear on June 14, 1846. But soon after a month, American naval forces seized the area, held full control and the flag was replaced by stars and stripes.

Although the flag was soon replaced, the memory of the flag was preserved in spite of the absence of original examples. In 1911, the California legislature finally approved it as the official state flag. Sadly, the California grizzly bear, with the central emblem on the flag, is now extinct. The other inclusive of the flags signifies a large red filled star on the left upright part of the flag as well as the bottom border block on red. The flag design of California resembles the features used by formerly independent countries.