|The Bear Flag Revolt ends when the US flag is run up the flagpole in Sonoma, CA (1846)|
It seems that the history of California is full of surprises. In particular, when California seceded from Mexico it became for a short while (26 days) an independent republic.
This was proclaimed by creating a new flag to mark the start of the republic, and it was ceremoniously run up the flag pole in the city of Sonoma, now the center of a robust wine-growing region.
But that flag has a history all its own, and leads to our search challenge…
1. Who did the vexillographic design of the flag? (And why is he a surprise?)
2. What unusual ink did he use for the star?
3. In a flag with only two words on it, which word was (temporarily) misspelled?
4. What’s the connection between the flag and a famous American patriot and dentist?
5. For extra credit (and fun!), when the flag was raised at the start of the revolt, it signaled that the Commodore should move his United States troops onto land to support the annexation of California to the US. In nearby San Francisco, there is a monument to this Commodore. Where is it?
This isn’t an especially hard search challenge, but it’s good fun to find these connections between people and events that you didn’t know where there.