National Geographic : 1948 Dec
Flags from California's Past and Present Attest the Hair-trigger Balance in Which theState's Future Once Hung Britain, Russia, Mexico, and the U. S . jockeyed for control there in the 1840's. In 1846 Americans seized Sonoma andraised the Bear Flag, now the State banner. The flags shown are, left to right: Spanish, English, Russian-American Company's, a privateer's, Mexican,California Bear, and Old Glory.