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Alejandro Vieyra, Contributor

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California is the most populous state in the United States, and as a resident of California I decided to learn more about my state’s flag.

William Todd, who is the nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln’s wife), designed the California state flag and it was first raised in Sonoma, California on June 14, 1846 by American settlers in revolt against Mexican rule. The flag was officially adopted in 1911 by the state of California.

Have you ever wondered why there is a grizzly bear on California’s flag? The California grizzly bear is actually the state’s official animal. The grizzly bear represents strength, so that’s why William Todd decided to put it on the flag. He wanted California to be seen as a strong state in the United States’ earlier times, and the bear is definitely the best option to represent strength.

The star on the flag represents sovereignty, which means that California could govern itself. The red color signifies courage and the white background stands for purity.

Credit: https://statesymbolsusa.org

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