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Original California Bear Flag

In 1846, John Fremont stirred up an overthrow of the ruling Mexican government in California.... and the revolutionaries hastily created the above flag. The animal in the middle that resembles a pig--is actually a bear. Thus this victory came to be called the Bear Flag Revolt. The man who designed the flag was William Todd—the nephew of Abraham Lincoln. It's not clear how Todd got the job, since his artistic ability seems indistinguishable from that of a 2nd grader. (Sorry William!) Nonetheless, a bear remains on the California flag to this day.... although more-gifted artists have since re-imagined a bear that looks more, well... bear-like. It's worth noting that the original Bear Flag was destroyed, but accurate sketches and other documentation were gathered to create this reproduction.


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Taken on May 18, 2011