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The California
California
Republic
Republic
was an unrecognized breakaway state that, for twenty-five days in 1846, militarily controlled an area north of San Francisco, in and around what is now Sonoma County in California.[1] In June 1846, thirty-three American immigrants in Alta California rebelled against the Mexican department's[notes 1][2] government. The immigrants had not been allowed to buy or rent land and had been threatened with expulsion from California
California
because they had entered illegally without official permission.[3][4] Mexican officials were concerned about a coming war with the United States
United States
coupled with the growing influx of Americans
Americans
into California. The rebellion was soon overtaken by the beginning of the Mexican–American War. The name " California
California
Republic" appeared only on the flag the insurgents raised in Sonoma.[5] It indicated their aspiration of forming a republican government for California. The insurgents elected military officers but no civil structure was ever established.[6] The flag featured an image of a California
California
grizzly bear and became known as the Bear Flag
Bear Flag
and the revolt as the Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt. Three weeks later, on July 5, 1846, the Republic's military of 100 to 200 men was subsumed into the California
California
Battalion commanded by U.S. Army Brevet Captain John C. Frémont. The Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt and whatever remained of the " California
California
Republic" ceased to exist on July 9 when U.S. Navy Lieutenant Joseph Revere raised the United States flag in front of the Sonoma Barracks
Sonoma Barracks
and sent a second flag to be raised at Sutter's Fort.[7]

Contents

1 Background of the Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt

1.1 Alta California's Governance 1.2 Texas, immigration and land 1.3 Captain Frémont in California 1.4 USS Portsmouth in the San Francisco
San Francisco
Bay

2 Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt

2.1 Settlers meet with Frémont 2.2 Taking of government horses 2.3 Capture of Sonoma 2.4 Ide's proclamation 2.5 Need for gunpowder 2.6 Sutter's Fort 2.7 Castro's response 2.8 Battle of Olúmpali 2.9 Frémont arrives to defend Sonoma 2.10 Captain de la Torre's ruse 2.11 Actions in and around Yerba Buena 2.12 Independence Day, 1846, in Sonoma 2.13 Formation of the California
California
Battalion 2.14 U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps capture Monterey 2.15 Conclusion and aftermath

3 Bear Flag 4 Timeline of events 5 See also 6 Notes 7 References 8 Citations 9 External links

Background of the Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt[edit]

Pío Pico

Alta California's Governance[edit] By 1845–46, Alta California
Alta California
had been largely neglected by Mexico
Mexico
for the twenty-five years since Mexican independence. It had evolved into a semi-autonomous region with open discussions among Californios about whether California
California
should remain with Mexico; seek independence; or become annexed to the United Kingdom, France, or the United States. The 1845 removal of Manuel Micheltorena, the latest governor to be sent by Mexico
Mexico
and forcefully ejected by the Californians, resulted in a divided government. The region south of San Luis Obispo was ruled by Governor Pio Pico
Pio Pico
with his capital in The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Porciúncula River, now known as Los Angeles. The area to the north of the pueblo of San Luis Obispo was under the control of Alta California's Commandante José Castro
José Castro
with headquarters near Monterey, the traditional capital and, significantly, the location of the Customhouse. Pico and Castro disliked each other personally and soon began escalating disputes over control of the Customhouse income.[8] Decrees issued by the central government in Mexico
Mexico
City were often acknowledged and supported with proclamations but ignored in practice. By the end of 1845, when rumors of a military force being sent from Mexico
Mexico
proved to be false, rulings by the other district government were mostly ignored.[9] Texas, immigration and land[edit]

US President James K. Polk
James K. Polk
favored expansionist policies that led to the annexation of Texas
Texas
and California.

The relationship between the United States
United States
and Mexico
Mexico
had been deteriorating for some time. Texas, which Mexico
Mexico
still considered to be its territory, had been admitted to statehood in 1845.[10] Mexico had earlier threatened war if this happened.[11] James K. Polk
James K. Polk
was elected President of the United States
United States
in 1844, and considered his election a mandate for his expansionist policies.[12] Mexican law had long allowed grants of land to naturalized Mexican citizens. Obtaining Mexican citizenship was not difficult and many earlier American immigrants had gone through the process and obtained free grants of land. That same year (1845) anticipation of war with the United States
United States
and the increasing number of immigrants reportedly coming from the United States
United States
resulted in orders from Mexico
Mexico
City denying immigrants from the United States
United States
entry into California.[13] The orders also required California's officials not to allow land grants, sales or even rental of land to non-citizen emigrants already in California. All non-citizen immigrants, who had arrived without permission, were threatened with being forced out of California.[14] Alta California's Sub-Prefect Francisco Guerrero had written to U.S. Consul Thomas O. Larkin
Thomas O. Larkin
that:

a multitude of foreigners [having] come into California
California
and bought fixed property [land], a right of naturalized foreigners only, he was under the necessity of notifying the authorities in each town to inform such purchasers that the transactions were invalid and they themselves subject to be expelled whenever the government might find it convenient.[4]

José Castro
José Castro
commanded Mexican military forces in Alta California.

During November 1845, California's Commandante General José Castro met with representatives of the 1845 American immigrants at Sonoma and Sutter’s Fort. In his decree dated November 6 he wrote: "Therefore conciliating my duty [to enforce the orders from Mexico] with of the sentiment of hospitality which distinguishes the Mexicans, and considering that most of said expedition is composed of families and industrious people, I have deemed it best to permit them, provisionally, to remain in the department" with the conditions that they obey all laws, apply within three months for a license to settle, and promise to depart if that license was not granted.[15] Captain Frémont in California[edit]

John C. Frémont

A 62-man exploring and mapping expedition entered California
California
in late 1845 under the command of U.S. Army Brevet Captain John C. Frémont. Frémont was well known in the United States
United States
as an author and explorer. He was also the son-in-law of expansionist U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Early in 1846 Frémont acted provocatively with California's Commandante General José Castro
José Castro
near the pueblo of Monterey and then moved his group out of California
California
into Oregon Country. He was followed into Oregon
Oregon
by U.S. Marine Lt Archibald H. Gillespie who had been sent from Washington with a secret message to U.S. Consul Thomas O. Larkin
Thomas O. Larkin
and instructions to share the message with Frémont. Gillespie also brought a packet of letters from Frémont's wife and father-in-law.[16] Frémont's thoughts (as related in his book, written forty years later) after reading the message and letters were: "I saw the way opening clear before me. War with Mexico
Mexico
was inevitable; and a grand opportunity presented itself to realize in their fullest extent the far-sighted views of Senator Benton. I resolved to move forward on the opportunity and return forthwith to the Sacramento valley
Sacramento valley
in order to bring to bear all the influence I could command."[17] Nevertheless, Frémont needed to be circumspect. As a military officer he could face court-martial for violating the Neutrality Act of 1794 that made it illegal for an American to wage war against another country at peace with the United States. The next morning Gillespie and Frémont's group departed for California. Frémont returned to the Sacramento Valley and set up camp near Sutter Buttes.[18] USS Portsmouth in the San Francisco
San Francisco
Bay[edit]

USS Portsmouth

U.S. Consul Thomas O. Larkin, concerned about the increasing possibility of war, sent a request to Commodore John D. Sloat
John D. Sloat
of U.S. Navy's Pacific Squadron, for a warship to protect U.S. citizens and interests in Alta California. In response, the USS Portsmouth arrived at Monterey on April 22, 1846. After receiving information about Frémont's returning to California, Consul Larkin and Portsmouth's captain John Berrien Montgomery
John Berrien Montgomery
decided the ship should move into the San Francisco
San Francisco
Bay. She sailed from Monterey on June 1.[19] Lt. Gillespie, having returned from the Oregon Country
Oregon Country
and his meeting with Frémont on June 7, found Portsmouth moored at Sausalito. He carried a request for money, materiel and supplies for Frémont's group. The requested resupplies were taken by the ship's launch up the Sacramento River
Sacramento River
to a location near Frémont's camp.[20] Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt[edit]

Bear Flaggers of the Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt

Los Osos (The Bears)

Presumed photograph of William B. Ide, the leader of the American "Bears" in the California
California
Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt

Active June 8, 1846 – July 9, 1846

Disbanded 1846

Country Centralist Republic
Republic
of Mexico, Department of Alta California

Allegiance

California
California
Republic United States

Type militia

Role Independence for Anglo-American
Anglo-American
settlers from Mexican rule

Size 30–300

Garrison/HQ Sonoma and Sutter's Fort

Engagements

Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt

Capture of Sonoma (1846) Battle of Olúmpali (1846)

Commanders

Notable commanders

William B. Ide Ezekiel "Stuttering Zeke" Merritt

[21]

Settlers meet with Frémont[edit] William B. Ide, a future leader of the Revolt, writes of receiving an unsigned written message on June 8, 1846: "Notice is hereby given, that a large body of armed Spaniards on horseback, amounting to 250 men, have been seen on their way to the Sacramento Valley, destroying crops and burning houses, and driving off the cattle. Capt. Fremont invites every freeman in the valley to come to his camp at the Butts [sic], immediately; and he hopes to stay the enemy and put a stop to his" – (Here the sheet was folded and worn in-two, and no more is found).[22] Ide and other settlers quickly traveled to Frémont's camp but were generally dissatisfied by the lack of a specific plan and their inability to obtain from Frémont any definite promise of aid.[23] Taking of government horses[edit] Some of the group who had been meeting with Frémont departed from his camp and, on June 10, 1846, captured a herd of 170 Mexican government-owned horses being moved by Californio
Californio
soldiers from San Rafael and Sonoma to the Californian Commandante General, José Castro, in Santa Clara. It had been reported amongst the emigrants that the officer in charge of the herd had made statements threatening that the horses would be used by Castro to drive the foreigners out of California. The captured horses were taken to Frémont’s new camp at the junction of the Feather and Bear rivers.[24] These men next determined to seize the pueblo of Sonoma to deny the Californios a rallying point north of San Francisco
San Francisco
Bay.[25] Capturing both the arms and military materiel stored in the unmanned Presidio of Sonoma and Mexican Lieutenant Colonel Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
would delay any military response from the Californios. The insurgent group was nominally led by Ezekiel "Stuttering" Merritt, whom Frémont described as his "field-lieutenant" and lauded for not questioning him.[26][27] Capture of Sonoma[edit]

Bear Flag
Bear Flag
monument in Sonoma

Historian George Tays has cautioned “The description of the men, their actions just prior and subsequent to the taking of Sonoma, are as varied as the number of authors. No two accounts agree, and it is impossible to determine the truth of their statements.” [28] Historian H. H. Bancroft has written that Frémont "instigated and planned" the horse raid, and incited the American settlers indirectly and "guardedly" to revolt.[29] Before dawn on Sunday, June 14, 1846, over thirty American insurgents arrived at the pueblo of Sonoma. They had traveled overnight from Napa Valley. A majority of their number had started a couple of days earlier from Fremont’s camp in the Sacramento valley
Sacramento valley
but others had joined the group along the way. Meeting no resistance, they approached Comandante Vallejo's home and pounded on his door. After a few minutes Vallejo opened the door dressed in his Mexican Army uniform. Communication was not good until American Jacob P. Leese
Jacob P. Leese
(Vallejo’s brother-in-law) was summoned to translate.[30] Vallejo then invited the filibusters' leaders into his home to negotiate terms. Two other Californio
Californio
officers and Leese joined the negotiations. The insurgents waiting outside sent elected "captains" John Grigsby and William Ide inside to speed the proceedings. The effect of Vallejo's hospitality in the form of wine and brandy for the negotiators and someone else's barrel of aguardiente for those outside is debatable. However, when the agreement was presented to those outside they refused to endorse it. Rather than releasing the Mexican officers under parole they insisted they be held as hostages. John Grigsby refused to remain as leader of the group, stating he had been deceived by Frémont. William Ide gave an impassioned speech urging the rebels to stay in Sonoma and start a new republic.[31] Referring to the stolen horses Ide ended his oration with "Choose ye this day what you will be! We are robbers, or we must be conquerors!"[32] At that time, Vallejo and his three associates were placed on horseback and taken to Frémont accompanied by eight or nine of the insurgents who did not favor forming a new republic under the circumstances.[33] That night they camped at the Vaca Rancho. Some young Californio
Californio
vigilantes under Juan Padilla evaded the guards, aroused Vallejo and offered to help him escape. Vallejo declined, wanting to avoid any bloodshed and anticipating that Frémont would release him on parole.[34] The Sonoma Barracks
Sonoma Barracks
became the headquarters for the remaining twenty-four rebels, who within a few days created their Bear Flag
Bear Flag
(see the "Bear Flag" section below). After the flag was raised Californios called the insurgents Los Osos (The Bears) and "Bear Flaggers" because of their flag and in derision of their often scruffy appearance. The rebels embraced the expression, and their uprising, which they originally called the Popular Movement, became known as the Bear Flag Revolt.[35] Henry L. Ford was elected First Lieutenant of the company and obtained promises of obedience to orders.[6] Samuel Kelsey was elected Second Lieutenant, Grandville P. Swift and Samuel Gibson Sergeants.[36] Ide's proclamation[edit] William B. Ide
William B. Ide
wrote a proclamation announcing and explaining the reasons for the revolt during the night of June 14–15, 1846 (below). There were additional copies and some more moderate versions (produced in both English and Spanish) distributed around northern California through June 18.[37]

To all persons, citizens of Sonoma, requesting them to remain at peace, and to follow their rightful occupations without fear of molestation. The Commander in Chief of the Troops assembled at the Fortress of Sonoma gives his inviolable pledge to all persons in California
California
not found under arms that they shall not be disturbed in their persons, their property or social relations one to another by men under his command. He also solemnly declares his object to be First, to defend himself and companions in arms who were invited to this country by a promise of Lands on which to settle themselves and families who were also promised a "republican government," who, when having arrived in California
California
were denied even the privilege of buying or renting Lands of their friends, who instead of being allowed to participate in or being protected by a "Republican Government" were oppressed by a "Military Despotism," who were even threatened, by "Proclamation" from the Chief Officer of the aforesaid Despotism, with extermination if they would not depart out of the Country, leaving all of their property, their arms and beasts of burden, and thus deprived of the means of flight or defense. We were to be driven through deserts, inhabited by hostile Indians to certain destruction. To overthrow a Government which has seized upon the property of the Missions for its individual aggrandizement; which has ruined and shamefully oppressed the laboring people of California, by their enormous exactions on goods imported into this country; is the determined purpose of the brave men who are associated under his command. He also solemnly declares his object in the Second place to be to invite all peaceable and good Citizens of California
California
who are friendly to the maintenance of good order and equal rights (and I do hereby invite them to repair to my camp at Sonoma without delay) to assist us in establishing and perpetuating a "Republican Government" which shall secure to all: civil and religious liberty; which shall detect and punish crime; which shall encourage industry, virtue and literature; which shall leave unshackled by Fetters, Commerce, Agriculture, and Mechanism. He further declares that he relies upon the rectitude of our intentions; the favor of Heaven and the bravery of those who are bound to and associated with him, by the principle of self preservation; by the love of truth; and by the hatred of tyranny for his hopes of success. He further declares that he believes that a Government to be prosperous and happyfying [sic] in its tendency must originate with its people who are friendly to its existence. That its Citizens are its Guardians, its officers are its Servants, and its Glory their reward. — William B. Ide, Head Quarters Sonoma, June 15, 1846

Need for gunpowder[edit] A major problem for the Bears in Sonoma was the lack of sufficient gunpowder to defend against the expected Mexican attack. William Todd was dispatched on Monday the fifteenth, with a letter[notes 2] to be delivered to the USS Portsmouth telling of the events in Sonoma and describing themselves as "fellow country men". Todd, having been instructed not to repeat any of the requests in the letter (refers to their need for gunpowder), disregarded that and voiced the request for gunpowder. Captain Montgomery, while sympathetic, declined because of his country's neutrality.[38] Todd, José de Rosa (the messenger Vallejo sent to Montgomery), and U.S. Navy Lieutenant John S. Misroon returned to Sonoma in the Portsmouth's launch the morning of the 16th. Misroon's mission was, without interfering with the revolt, to prevent violence to noncombatants.[39] Todd was given a second assignment. He was sent to Bodega Bay with an unnamed companion (sometimes called 'the Englishman') to obtain powder from American settlers in that area.[40] On June 18, Bears Thomas Cowie and George Fowler were sent to Rancho Sotoyome (near current-day Healdsburg, California) to pick up a cache of gunpowder from Moses Carson, brother of Frémont's scout Kit Carson.[41] Sutter's Fort[edit]

Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
in 1849

Frémont's "field-lieutenant" Merritt returned to Sacramento on June 16 with his prisoners and recounted the events in Sonoma. Frémont either was fearful of going against the popular sentiment at Sonoma or saw the advantages of holding the Californio
Californio
officers as hostages. He also decided to imprison Governor Vallejo's brother-in-law, the American Jacob Leese, in Sutter's Fort.[42] Frémont recounts in his memoirs, "Affairs had now assumed a critical aspect and I presently saw that the time had come when it was unsafe to leave events to mature under unfriendly, or mistaken, direction … I knew the facts of the situation. These I could not make known, but felt warranted in assuming the responsibility and acting on my own knowledge."[43] Frémont's artist and cartographer on his third expedition, Edward Kern, was placed in command of Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
and its company of dragoons by Frémont.[44] That left John Sutter
John Sutter
the assignment as lieutenant of the dragoons at $50 a month, and second in command of his own fort.[44] While in command there news of the stranded Donner Party
Donner Party
reached Kern; Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
had been their unreached destination.[45] Kern vaguely promised the federal government would do something for a rescue party across the Sierra, but had no authority to pay anyone. [45] He was later criticized for his mismanagement delaying the search.[46][47] Castro's response[edit] Word of the taking of the government horses, the capture of Sonoma, and the imprisonment of the Mexican officers at Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
soon reached Commandante General José Castro
José Castro
at his headquarters in Santa Clara. He issued two proclamations on June 17. The first asked the citizens of California
California
to come to the aid of their country. The second promised protection for all foreigners not involved in the revolt. A group of 50–60 militia under command of Captain Joaquin de la Torre traveled up to San Pablo and, by boat, westward across the San Francisco Bay to Point San Quentin on the 23rd. Two additional divisions with a total of about 100 men arrived at San Pablo on June 27.[48] Battle of Olúmpali[edit] On June 20 when the procurement parties failed to return as expected, Lieutenant Ford sent Sergeant Gibson with four men to Rancho Sotoyome. Gibson obtained the powder and on the way back fought with several Californians and captured one of them. From the prisoner they learned of the deaths of Cowie and Fowler. There are Californio
Californio
and Oso versions of what had happened. Ford also learned that William Todd and his companion had been captured by the Californio
Californio
irregulars led by Juan Padilla and José Ramón Carrillo.[40] Ford writes, in his biography, that before leaving Sonoma to search for the other two captives and Padilla's men, he sent a note to Ezekiel Merritt in Sacramento asking him to gather volunteers to help defend Sonoma. Ide's version is that Ford wrote to Frémont saying that the Bears had lost confidence in Ide's leadership. In either case, Ford then rode toward Santa Rosa with seventeen to nineteen Bears. Not finding Padilla, the Bears headed toward one of his homes near Two Rock. The following morning the Bears captured three or four men near the Rancho Laguna de San Antonio and unexpectedly discovered what they assumed was Juan Padilla's group near the Indian rancho of Olúmpali.[49] Ford approached the adobe but more men appeared and others came "pouring out of the adobe". Militiamen from south of the Bay, led by Mexican Captain Joaquin de la Torre, had joined with Padilla's irregulars and now numbered about seventy. Ford's men positioned themselves in a grove of trees and opened fire when the enemy charged on horseback, killing one Californio
Californio
and wounding another. During the ensuing long-range battle, William Todd and his companion escaped from the house where they were being held and ran to the Bears. The Californios disengaged from the ensuing long-range fighting after suffering a few wounded and returned to San Rafael.[50] A Californian militiaman reported that their muskets could not shoot as far as the rifles used by some Bears.[51] This was the only battle fought during the Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt.[52] The deaths of Cowie and Fowler, as well as the lethal battle, raised the anxiety of both the Californios, who left the area for safety, and the immigrants, who moved into Sonoma to be under the protection of the muskets and cannon that had been taken from the Sonoma Barracks. This increased the number in Sonoma to about two hundred.[25] Some immigrant families were housed in the Barracks, others in the homes of the Californios.[49][53] Frémont arrives to defend Sonoma[edit]

Sonoma

Having learned of Ford's request for volunteers to defend Sonoma and hearing reports that General Castro was preparing an attack, Frémont left his camp near Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
for Sonoma on June 23. With him were ninety men – his own party plus trappers and settlers under Samuel J. Hensley. Frémont would say in his memoirs that he wrote a letter of resignation from the Army and sent it to his father-in-law Thomas Hart Benton in case the government should wish to disavow his action. They arrived at Sonoma in the early morning of the 25th and by noon were on their way to San Rafael accompanied by a contingent of Bears under Ford's command. They arrived at the former San Rafael mission but the Californios had vanished. The rebels set up camp in the old mission and sent out scouting parties.[54][55] On Sunday the 28th a small boat was spotted coming across the bay. Kit Carson and some companions went to intercept it. It held twin brothers Francisco and Ramón de Haro, their uncle José de la Reyes Berreyesa, and an oarsman (probably one of the Castro brothers from San Pablo) – all unarmed. The Haro brothers and Berreyesa were dropped off at the shoreline and started on foot for the mission. All three were shot and killed. Beyond that almost every fact is disputed. Some say Frémont ordered the killings. Others, that they were carrying secret messages from Castro to Torre. Others that Carson committed the homicides as revenge for the deaths of Cowie and Fowler or they were shot by Frémont's Delaware
Delaware
Indians. This incident became an issue in Frémont's later campaign for President. Partisan eyewitnesses and newspapers related totally conflicting stories.[56][57] Captain de la Torre's ruse[edit] Late the same afternoon as the killings a scouting party intercepted a letter indicating that Torre intended to attack Sonoma the following morning. Frémont felt there was no choice but to return to defend Sonoma as quickly as possible. The garrison there had found a similar letter and had all weapons loaded and at the ready before dawn the next day when Frémont and Ford's forces approached Sonoma – almost provoking firing by the garrison. Frémont, understanding that he had been tricked, left again for San Rafael after a hasty breakfast. He arrived back at the old mission within twenty-four hours of leaving but during that period Torre and his men had time to escape to San Pablo via boat. Torre had successfully used the ruse not only to escape but almost succeeded in provoking a 'friendly fire' incident among the insurgents.[58] After reaching San Pablo, Torre reported that the combined rebel force was too strong to be attacked as planned. All three of Castro's divisions then returned to the old headquarters near Santa Clara where a council of war was held on June 30. It was decided that the current plan must be abandoned and any new approach would require the cooperation of Pio Pico
Pio Pico
and his southern forces. A messenger was sent to the Governor. Meanwhile, the army moved southwards to San Juan where General Castro was, on July 6, when he learned of the events in Monterey.[59] Actions in and around Yerba Buena[edit] On July 1, Frémont and twelve men convinced Captain William Phelps to ferry them in the Moscow's launch to the old Spanish fort at the entrance to the Golden Gate. They landed without resistance and spiked the ten old, abandoned cannon. The next day Robert B. Semple led ten Bears in the launch to the pueblo of Yerba Buena (the future San Francisco) to arrest the naturalized Englishman Robert Ridley who was captain of the port. Ridley was sent to Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
to be locked up with other prisoners.[60] Independence Day, 1846, in Sonoma[edit] A great celebration was held on the Fourth of July
Fourth of July
beginning with readings of the United States
United States
Declaration of Independence in Sonoma's plaza. There were also cannon salutes, the roasting of whole beeves, and the consumption of many foods and all manner of beverages. Frémont and the contingent from San Rafael arrived in time for the fandango held in Salvador Vallejo's big adobe on the corner of the town square.[61] Formation of the California
California
Battalion[edit] On July 5, Frémont called a public meeting and proposed to the Bears that they unite with his party and form a single military unit. He said that he would accept command if they would pledge obedience, proceed honorably, and not violate the chastity of women. A compact was drawn up which all volunteers of the California
California
Battalion signed or made their marks.[62] A majority of those present also agreed to officially date the era of independence not from the taking of Sonoma but from July 5 to allow Frémont to "begin at the beginning".[63] The next day Frémont, leaving the fifty men of Company B at the Barracks to defend Sonoma, left with the rest of the Battalion for Sutter's Fort. They took with them two of the captured Mexican field pieces, as well as muskets, a supply of ammunition, blankets, horses, and cattle.[64] The seven-ton Mermaid was used for transporting the cannon, arms, ammunition and saddles from Napa to Sutter's Fort.[65] U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps capture Monterey[edit] War against Mexico
Mexico
had already been declared by the United States Congress on May 13, 1846. Because of the slow cross-continent communication of the time, no one in California
California
knew that conclusively. (Official notice of the war finally reached California on August 12, 1846.)[66] Commodore John D. Sloat, commanding the U.S. Navy's Pacific Squadron, had been waiting in Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay
since July 1 or 2 to obtain convincing proof of war. Sloat was 65 years old and had requested to be relieved from his command the previous May. He was also acutely aware of the 1842 Capture of Monterey, when his predecessor, Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones, thought war had been declared and captured the capital of Alta California, only to discover his error and abandon it the next day. This resulted in diplomatic problems, and Jones was removed as commander of the Pacific Squadron. Sloat had learned of Frémont's confrontation with the Californios on Gavilan Peak and of his support for the Bears in Sonoma. He was also aware of Lt. Gillespie's tracking down of Frémont with letters and orders. Sloat finally concluded on July 6 that he needed to act, saying to U.S. Consul Larkin, "I shall be blamed for doing too little or too much – I prefer the latter."[67] Early July 7, the frigate USS Savannah and the two sloops, USS Cyane and USS Levant of the United States
United States
Navy, captured Monterey, California, and raised the flag of the United States.[68] Sloat had his proclamation read in and posted in English and Spanish: "...henceforth California
California
will be a portion of the United States."[69]

27 Star US Flag in Sonoma

28 Star US Flag in Monterey

Conclusion and aftermath[edit] Two days later, July 9, the Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt and whatever remained of the " California
California
Republic" ended when Navy Lieutenant Joseph Revere was sent to Sonoma from the USS Portsmouth, which had been berthed at Sausalito, carrying two 27-star United States
United States
flags, one for Sonoma and the other for Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
(the squadron had run out of new 28-star flags that reflected Texas' admittance to the Union).[70] The Bear Flag
Bear Flag
that was taken down that day was given to the Clerk of the Portsmouth, John Elliott Montgomery, the son of Commander John B. Montgomery. John E. wrote to his mother later in July that "Cuffy came down growling". The following November, John and his older brother disappeared while traveling to Sacramento and were presumed deceased. Commander Montgomery kept the Bear Flag, had a copy made, and eventually both were delivered to the Secretary of the Navy. In 1855 the Secretary sent both flags to the Senators from California
California
who donated them to the Society of Pioneers in San Francisco. The original Bear Flag
Bear Flag
was destroyed in the fires following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.[71] A replica, created in 1896 for the 50th Anniversary celebrations, is on display at the Sonoma Barracks. Bear Flag[edit]

The First Bear Flag, by Peter Storm photographed ca 1870.

The original of Todd's Bear Flag, photographed in 1890

Modern flag of the State of California, for comparison

The most notable legacy of the " California
California
Republic" was the adoption of its flag as the basis of the modern state Flag of California. The flag has a star, a grizzly bear, and a colored stripe with the words " California
California
Republic." The Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Monument on the Sonoma Plaza, site of the raising of the original Bear Flag, is marked by a California
California
Historical Landmark #7. The design and creation of the original Bear Flag
Bear Flag
used in the Bear Flag Revolt is often credited to Peter Storm.[72][73] The flags were made about one week before the storming of Sonoma, when William Todd and his companions claim to have made theirs, apparently based on Mr. Storm's first flags. In 1878, at the request of the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Evening Express, William Todd wrote an account of the Bear Flag
Bear Flag
used at the storming of Sonoma, perhaps the first to be raised.[74] Soon after, his implementation became the basis for the first official State flag. William L. Todd (1818–1879) was the cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln
(1818–1882),[75] wife of future American president Abraham Lincoln. Todd acknowledged the contributions of other Osos to the flag, including Granville P. Swift, Peter Storm, and Henry L. Ford in an 1878 newspaper article. Todd painted the flag on domestic cotton cloth, roughly a yard and a half in length. It featured a red star based on the California
California
Lone Star Flag that was flown during California's 1836 revolt led by Juan Alvarado and Isaac Graham.[76] The flag also featured an image of a grizzly bear salient or rampant (standing). The modern flag shows the bear passant (walking). Timeline of events[edit]

Date Events surrounding the Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt

August 16, 1845 John C. Frémont, leading a U.S. Army topographical expedition to survey the Great Basin
Great Basin
in Alta California
Alta California
(approved earlier in the year by President Polk), departed from Bent's Fort in what is now Colorado.[77]

Oct 1845 Frémont's expedition reached the Salt Lake.[78]

October 17, 1845 Secretary of State James Buchanan dispatched a secret message to U.S. Consul Thomas Larkin in Monterey instructing him to take advantage of any sign of unrest among the Californians.[79]

October 30, 1845 President James K. Polk
James K. Polk
met with Lt. Archibald Gillespie to send him on a secret mission to California. He departed for Vera Cruz, Mexico, on November 16 carrying orders for Sloat, instructions for Larkin and letters for Frémont.[80]

Nov 1845 General José Castro, the senior military officer in California, issued a decree ordering all American immigrants in Alta California (about 800) to proceed to Sonoma to swear an oath to Mexico
Mexico
and get a license to settle. 20 Americans
Americans
later showed up at Sonoma.[81]

Nov 1845 Commodore John D. Sloat, commander of the Navy's Pacific Squadron, then off Mazatlan, Mexico, was joined by the Cyane, which carried orders that if Sloat learned "beyond a doubt" that war between the U.S. and Mexico
Mexico
had begun, he was to seize San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
and blockade the other California
California
ports.[82]

November 11, 1845 General Castro visited Colonel Mariano Vallejo, commandante of the Mexican garrison in Sonoma.[83]

November 16, 1845 Lt. Archibald Gillespie departed Washington for Vera Cruz, Mexico.[84]

November 27, 1845 The two parts of Frémont's split party had a rendezvous at Walker Lake, northeast of Yosemite Valley.[77]

Dec 1845 The Frémont expedition entered the Sacramento Valley.[85]

December 10, 1845 Splitting up once more, Frémont and 16 others (including scout Kit Carson) reached Sutter's Fort.[77]

December 29, 1845 President Polk signed legislation admitting Texas
Texas
to the Union. Mexico refused to recognize the U.S. annexation.[86]

Jan 1846 John Slidell, appointed by Polk, arrived in Vera Cruz on a mission to negotiate a boundary agreement, and, if Mexico
Mexico
demonstrated a willingness to sell its departments of New Mexico
Mexico
and California, to offer up to $40 million for them.[86]

Jan 1846 Frémont and his smaller group crossed the San Joaquin Valley
San Joaquin Valley
to Monterey.[87]

January 27, 1846 Frémont visited Thomas Larkin, the U.S. Consul in Monterey. Frémont also met Jose Castro, who agreed to let Frémont winter in the San Joaquin Valley, away from the coast.[88]

mid-Feb 1846 Frémont met up with the other 45 men in his party and traveled north to the vicinity of the San Jose Mission.[89]

March 5, 1846 After moving his camp to Santa Cruz, Frémont moved it again closer to Monterey on the Salinas River. Via courier, General Castro ordered Frémont to leave. Frémont then set up camp at Gavilan Peak, near San Juan Bautista.[90]

March 6, 1846 Mexican president José Herrera rejected all points of Slidell's proposed negotiation.[91]

March 8, 1846 General Castro assembled a cavalry force of nearly 200 men to confront Frémont near San Juan Bautista.[92]

March 8, 1846 Zachary Taylor moved his army across the Nueces River in Texas, which Mexico
Mexico
considered as the southern border of its department of Texas.[92]

March 9, 1846 After receiving a message from Larkin not to oppose Castro, Frémont's band left Gavilan Peak and headed for Sutter's Fort.[93]

mid-Mar 1846 Larkin sent a message to Sloat at Mazatlán asking one of his ships to come to Monterey. Sloat sent the Portsmouth, John B. Montgomery commanding. Montgomery was tasked to distribute copies of the U.S. and Texas
Texas
constitutions in Spanish.[94]

March 21, 1846 Frémont arrived at Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
to ready a further expedition to the Oregon
Oregon
Territory.[95]

March 28, 1846 Zachary Taylor's force arrived at the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
near Matamoros.[96]

March 30, 1846 Frémont's party reached Rancho Bosquejo on Deer Creek, 200 miles north of Sutter's Fort. His tentative plan was to map a route from the western slope of the Cascades across the Great Basin
Great Basin
to link with the Oregon
Oregon
Trail. (Historians have suggested this was a calculated delaying tactic.)[97]

end Mar 1846 Alarmed by Frémont's transgression at Gavilan Peak, General Jose Castro called a military council in Monterey.[84]

April 17, 1846 In Monterey, Larkin met with Lt. Gillespie, who had finally arrived in Monterey via Honolulu on the Cyane.[94]

April 17, 1846 In Monterey, Mexico
Mexico
issued a proclamation that unnaturalized foreigners were no longer permitted to hold or work land in California and were subject to expulsion.[84]

April 21, 1846 The Portsmouth anchored in Monterey Bay.[94]

April 24, 1846 Mexican President Mariano Paredes y Arrillaga (who had deposed Herrera), having earlier sent a 5,000-man army northward to Texas, declared a "defensive war" against the United States. Also, the Mexican army arrived in Matamoros on the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
on April 24.[98]

April 25, 1846 Troops under Zachary Taylor and Mexican General Mariano Arista skirmished north of the Rio Grande. 16 Americans
Americans
were killed, after which Taylor communicated the events in a message sent to Washington.[99]

May 8, 1846 Frémont, then camped at Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon
Oregon
Territory, learned that a military man (Gillespie) was riding north to intercept him.[100]

May 8, 1846 At Palo Alto on the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
in Texas, an artillery battle lasted from 2:30 p.m. to night fall. 5 Americans
Americans
died, 43 wounded, and over 30 Mexicans
Mexicans
were killed.[101]

May 9, 1846 Frémont met with Gillespie and received letters from wife Jessie, Senator Benton and Secretary of State James Buchanan, as well as Gillespie's memorized messages from Polk, Benton and Larkin.[102]

May 9, 1846 At the Rio Grande, the U.S. and Mexican armies met at Reseca de la Palma. Arista's army was routed, leaving behind 400 wounded. 33 Americans
Americans
died, 89 were wounded.[103]

May 9, 1846 President Polk received General Taylor's April 25 message.[103]

May 10, 1846 While asleep in the early morning hours, the Frémont camp was attacked by Klamath Indians, killing three of Frémont's party. The Klamath chief was shot dead during the fight.[104]

May 12, 1846 The Frémont party attacked a Klamath village, killing 14 Indians and burning the lodges. The expedition turned back toward California.[105]

May 13, 1846 The United States
United States
Congress voted overwhelmingly to declare war on Mexico. Definitive word of the declaration reached California
California
in August.[106]

May 13, 1846 The war secretary sent orders to Colonel Stephen Kearny at Fort Leavenworth, in what is now Kansas, to march west to conquer and occupy the Mexican departments of New Mexico
Mexico
and California.[107]

May 18, 1846 General Taylor's army entered Mexico
Mexico
and occupied Matamoros.[103]

May 18, 1846 Commander Sloat in Mazatlan received detailed news of Taylor's army fighting at the Rio Grande.[108]

May 24, 1846 On its way south, the Frémont expedition reached Peter Lassen's ranch and learned that the Portsmouth was anchored at Sausalito. Lt. Gillespie was sent to request supplies (8000 percussion caps, 300 pounds of rifle lead, one keg of powder and food provisions) from Montgomery and to continue on to Monterey to inform Larkin that the expedition would be heading back to St. Louis.[109]

May 31, 1846 Frémont's party, along with Gillespie and his escort, camped at the Buttes, 60 miles north of Sutter's Fort.[110]

late May 1846 With rumors swirling that General Castro was massing an army against them, American settlers in the Sacramento Valley
Sacramento Valley
banded together to meet the threat.[110]

May 31, 1846 Sloat received trustworthy news of Taylor's battles of May 8–9. His orders required him to sail north upon learning "without a doubt" that war had been declared.[108]

early Jun 1846 Believing that war with Mexico
Mexico
was a virtual certainty, Frémont joined the Sacramento Valley
Sacramento Valley
rebels in a "silent partnership."[111]

early Jun 1846 John Sutter, a Swiss who was a naturalized Mexican citizen, notified his immediate superior, General Castro, of Gillespie's true identity and urged Castro to send a respectable garrison north in the event of trouble.[112]

June 5, 1846 Jose Castro again visited Mariano Vallejo in Sonoma and collected horses and supplies for his men from Vallejo's ranch.[113]

June 7, 1846 Sloat received news that an American squadron had blockaded Vera Cruz.[114]

June 8, 1846 Among the settlers, William Knight visited William Ide to report the rumor that "armed Spaniards on horseback" had been seen in the valley. The two rode to Frémont's camp north of New Helvetia. Another report to Frémont said that Lt. Francisco Arce, militia officer Jose Maria Alviso, and eight armed men were near Sutter's Fort, driving a herd of 170 horses, destined for Santa Clara.[113]

June 8, 1846 Sloat set sail for Monterey on the Savannah.[114]

June 10, 1846 Four men from Frémont's party and 10 volunteers rode out to intercept Arce, surprised him and seized the horse herd, thus initiating the open rebellion of the Osos.[115]

June 11, 1846 The Americans
Americans
drove the herd north to the Buttes camp, gathering a dozen new volunteers. (Historian H. H. Bancroft later wrote that Frémont "instigated and planned" the horse raid, and incited the American settlers indirectly and "guardedly" to revolt.)[29]

June 13, 1846 34 armed men (none was from Frémont's party) rode from the Buttes to seize the town of Sonoma, force the surrender of Colonel Vallejo, and thus forestall Castro's plan to harry the settlers and force them to leave Mexico. The Osos knew that Sonoma had had no garrison for a year and no finances for one.[116]

June 14, 1846 The Osos entered Sonoma at dawn, rode to Vallejo's Casa Grande and knocked on the door. Vallejo served the Oso leaders food and brandy during a 3 hour period in which surrender documents were drafted, with provisions for the Americans
Americans
to respect the townspeople and their property. Several Osos rejected the surrender. Ezekiel Merritt and John Grigsby asserted that Frémont had ordered the capture of Sonoma. William Ide beseeched his fellow insurgents to keep themselves under control. 24 Osos stood with him and elected him their leader. William Todd fashioned the Bear Flag, which was later raised in Sonoma Plaza. Ten men were selected to escort four prisoners taken from the Vallejo's homestead, including Mariano Vallejo, to the American camp, 80 miles away.[117]

June 14, 1846 Frémont and his band rode to Sutter's Fort, not yet aware of the raid's outcome, to receive the supplies that were requested from Montgomery.[118]

June 15, 1846 The Oregon
Oregon
Territory convention was signed by England and the U.S., ending its joint occupation with England and making most Oregonians below the 49th parallel American citizens.[11]

June 15, 1846 William Ide proclaimed his " Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Manifesto." Within a week, over 70 more American volunteers joined the Osos.[119]

June 15, 1846 Ide sent Todd to the Portsmouth to notify Montgomery of the events in Sonoma. Todd also requested gunpowder, which was denied.[40]

June 16, 1846 Prisoners and escorts arrived at Frémont's camp. Frémont denied responsibility for the raid. The escorts removed the prisoners to Sutter's Fort. Frémont began signing letters as "Military Commander of U.S. Forces in California."[120]

June 16, 1846 John Montgomery of the Portsmouth in Sausalito sent a small landing party to Sonoma. Ide, in his first act as commander-in-chief, reappointed Jose Berryessa alcalde, to continue as local magistrate.[121]

June 16, 1846 Todd returned to Sonoma. He and a companion were then assigned to ride toward Bodega Bay to obtain arms and powder from American settlers.[40]

June 17, 1846 General Castro and Pio Pico, governor of Alta California, condemned the takeover.[122]

June 18, 1846 Thomas Cowie and George Fowler were sent to Rancho Sotoyome (near modern-day Healdsburg) to pick up a cache of gunpowder from Moses Carson, brother of Frémont's scout.[40]

June 20, 1846 After both parties failed to return, a 5-man group obtained powder and also learned from a captured Californian that Cowie and Fowler were tortured and murdered by a patrol of California
California
"irregulars" near Santa Rosa, led by Juan Padilla, and that Todd and his companion had been taken prisoner.[123]

June 23, 1846 50 to 60 men under Captain Joaquin de la Torre traveled to San Pablo and crossed the San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
by boat to Point San Quentin.[48]

June 23, 1846 Led by Henry Ford, about 20 Osos rode toward Santa Rosa to search for the two captives and Padilla's men.[124]

June 24, 1846 The search party captured four Californians near San Antonio and also found a corral of horses at Olompali, near the mouth of the Petaluma River, which they assumed belonged to Padilla's group. When they approached the ranchhouse, they discovered about 50 uniformed Californio
Californio
lancers, in addition to Padilla's group, under the command of Captain Joaquin de la Torre. Ford's men opened fire from a distance, killing one and wounding one. Todd and his partner escaped, while the Californios returned to San Rafael and the Osos went to Sonoma. The "Battle of Olompali" was the only fight of the Bear Flag Republic.[125]

June 25, 1846 After learning of Cowie, Fowler and Ford's patrol, Frémont and his men rode to Sonoma.[126]

June 26, 1846 Frémont, Ford and a detachment of Osos rode south to San Rafael, but were unable to locate de la Torre and his Californios.[127]

June 27, 1846 Two additional divisions of General Castro's troops with a total of about 100 men arrived at San Pablo.[48]

June 28, 1846 General Castro, on the other side of San Francisco
San Francisco
Bay, sent a boat across to Point San Pablo with a message for de la Torre. Kit Carson, Granville Swift and Sam Neal rode to the beach to intercept the three unarmed men who came ashore. Two 20-year-old twin brothers and the father of Jose Berryessa were then murdered in cold blood.

June 28, 1846 Frémont's men intercepted a messenger with a letter advising Castro that de la Torre was about to attack Sonoma. Frémont and his forces immediately went there, only to find the Osos prepared to fire upon them as they approached.

June 29, 1846 Realizing he had been tricked, Frémont hurried back to San Rafael and Sausalito in pursuit of de la Torre and his men, who had escaped across the bay and joined Castro in a retreat to Santa Clara.[128]

July 1, 1846 The merchant ship Moscow transported Frémont and several others from Sausalito to Castillo de San Joaquin, an abandoned fort south of the entrance to San Francisco
San Francisco
Bay, where they plugged the touch-holes of ten rusty cannons.[129]

July 1, 1846 Sloat reached Monterey harbor[114]

July 2, 1846 Several Osos occupied Yerba Buena without resistance.[129]

July 4, 1846 The Bear Flaggers, including Frémont and his men, celebrated Independence Day in Sonoma.[130]

July 4, 1846 Sloat met with Larkin in Monterey.[114]

July 5, 1846 Ide's rebels numbered nearly 300. Frémont, Ide and their officers met to discuss strategy. Frémont announced that a disciplined army was to be formed, which he volunteered to command, by combining his and the Osos' forces. In order to march south, engage Castro and any other Californians, the California
California
Battalion, as it came to be called, combined Frémont's original exploring party and over 200 rebels, Sutter workers and local Indians.[131]

July 5, 1846 Sloat received a message from Montgomery reporting the events in Sonoma and Frémont's involvement.[132]

July 6, 1846 One of the four companies of the California
California
Battalion remained in Sonoma, as the other three left with Frémont for the camp near Sutter's Fort, where they planned the campaign against Castro and the other Californios.[133]

July 6, 1846 Believing Frémont to be acting on orders from Washington, Sloat began to carry out his orders.[132]

July 7, 1846 A landing party demanded the surrender of Monterey. An artillery officer in charge refused. Sloat then landed 225 sailors and marines on the beach. Within minutes the American flag was hoisted, the American ships' cannons added a 21-gun salute, and Sloat read his proclamation of the annexation of Alta California
Alta California
to the United States. A messenger was sent to General Castro at San Juan Bautista requesting his surrender. No shots had been fired.[134]

July 9, 1846 Castro answered in the negative.[135]

July 9, 1846 At 8:00 a.m., Lt. Joseph Warren Revere, with 70 sailors and marines, landed at Yerba Buena, raised the American flag and claimed San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
for the United States, and read Sloat's proclamation. No Mexican officials were in Yerba Buena.[136]

July 9, 1846 Later that day, Revere repeated this ceremony in Sonoma Plaza. The Bear Flag
Bear Flag
was lowered, and the American flag was raised in its place. The 25-day Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Republic
Republic
ended.[136]

July 10, 1846 At his camp, Frémont received a message from Montgomery on the U.S. Navy's occupation of Monterey and Yerba Buena.[136]

July 12, 1846 The American flag flew above Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
and Bodega Bay.[137]

July 12, 1846 Frémont's party, including the Bear Flaggers, rode into New Helvetia, where a letter from Sloat awaited, describing the capture of Monterey and ordering Frémont to bring at least 100 armed men to Monterey. Frémont would bring 160 men.[137]

July 15, 1846 Commodore Robert Field Stockton arrived in Monterey to replace the 65-year-old Sloat in command of the Pacific Squadron. Sloat named Stockton commander-in-chief of all land forces in California.[138]

July 16, 1846 Frémont raised the U.S. flag over San Juan Bautista.[137]

July 16, 1846 Governor Pico issued a proclamation on the American invasion and a conscription order for Mexican citizens, which produced about 100 men to join with Castro's force.[139]

July 19, 1846 Frémont's party entered Monterey. Frémont met with Sloat on board the Savannah. When Sloat learned that Frémont had acted on his own authority, he retired to his cabin.[140]

July 23, 1846 Stockton mustered Frémont's party and the former Bear Flaggers into military service as the "Naval Battalion of Mounted Volunteer Riflemen" with Frémont in command.[141]

July 26, 1846 Stockton ordered Frémont and his battalion to San Diego
San Diego
to prepare to move northward to Los Angeles.[142]

July 29, 1846 Sloat ordered the release of Vallejo and the other prisoners at Sutter's Fort. Sloat turned command over to Stockton and left for home. Stockton issued a proclamation annexing California
California
to the U.S. General Castro in Santa Clara subsequently began to move south to Los Angeles with about 100 men.[143]

July 29, 1846 The battalion landed and raised the U.S. flag in San Diego.[144]

end Jul-1846 A garrison of Stockton's men raised the U.S. flag at Santa Barbara.[144]

August 1, 1846 An ill and much thinner Vallejo was released from Sutter's Fort. While in confinement, 1000 of his cattle and 600 horses were stolen.[145]

August 1, 1846 Stockton's 360 men arrived in San Pedro.[144]

August 2, 1846 Two representatives of Castro arrived at Stockton's camp with a message expressing Castro's willingness to negotiate for peace. Stockton rejected the terms of the letter.[144]

August 7, 1846 Stockton penned a return message to Castro, who also rejected its terms, including that California
California
cease to be part of Mexico.[144]

August 9, 1846 Castro held a war council at La Mesa, expressed doubts about his forces, and wrote a farewell address to the people of California. Governor Pico read Castro's message to the legislature in Los Angeles, which then adjourned sine die. Pico penned an open farewell letter.[146]

August 10, 1846 Castro and 20 men rode toward the Colorado
Colorado
River and reached the Mexican state of Sonora in September. Pico left to hide out in San Juan Capistrano for one month and eventually made his way to Baja California
California
and Sonora.[147]

August 13, 1846 Stockton's army entered Los Angeles
Los Angeles
unopposed.[147]

August 17, 1846 Stockton issued a proclamation announcing that California
California
was now part of the United States.[147]

August 22, 1846 Stockton sent a report to Secretary of State Bancroft that "California is entirely free from Mexican dominion."[148]

See also[edit]

California
California
portal

Vermont
Vermont
Republic Republic
Republic
of Lower California/ Republic
Republic
of Sonora, Mexico Rough and Ready, California Republic
Republic
of Texas State of Deseret Kingdom of Hawaii Green Mountain Boys Army of the Republic
Republic
of Texas Texian Army Texas
Texas
Navy Nauvoo Legion California
California
National Guard

Notes[edit]

^ "Department" was a territorial and administrative designation used by Mexico’s centralized government under The Constitutional Laws of 1836. ^ "Ide's Letter". June 15, 1846. 

References[edit]

^ Bancroft V: 131–144 ^ Richman p 261 ^ Bancroft; IV: 598–608 ^ a b Richman p 308 ^ Bancroft V:146 ^ a b Harlow p. 103 ^ Bancroft V: 185-86 ^ Walker p. 42-43 ^ Bancroft IV:540–545 ^ Hague p 99 ^ a b Walker p. 60 ^ Walker p. 58 ^ Hague p.118 ^ Bancroft; IV:598–608 ^ Bancroft IV:p.606-7 ^ Hague p. 128 ^ Frémont p. 490 ^ Harlow p. 85 ^ Rogers Montgomery p. 21-23 ^ Rogers, Montgomery p. 25 ^ https://www.nps.gov/goga/learn/historyculture/bear-flag-revolt.htm ^ Ide p. 112-3 ^ Bancroft V:104 ^ Bancroft V:101–108 ^ a b Bancroft V:109 ^ Frémont p. 509 ^ CSMM ^ Tays p.240 Note 1 ^ a b Walker p. 121 ^ Harlow p.98-99 ^ Walker p. 125-6 ^ Harlow p. 102 ^ Bancroft V:117 ^ Harlow p.101 ^ SSHP p. 82 ^ Bancroft V:158 ^ Rogers, Ide p. 82, Appendix A ^ Bancroft V:156 ^ Harlow p. 104 ^ a b c d e Walker p. 132 ^ Bancroft p. 155-59 ^ Bancroft V:120-21 ^ Frémont p. 520 ^ a b Californiamilitaryhistory.org: Historic California
California
Posts — Sutter's Fort
Sutter's Fort
(Fort New Helvatia, Fort Sacramento) ^ a b Ethan Rarick (2008). Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West. Oxford University Press. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-19-975670-4.  ^ Xmission.com: The Donner Party: Rescuers and Others ^ Xmission.com: The Donner Party: First Relief Diary; article about Kern's behavior as fund administrator for Donner Party
Donner Party
relief. ^ a b c Bancroft V:132–136 ^ a b Harlow p. 108-9 ^ Rogers: Ide p.51 ^ Bancroft v:166 note 15 ^ Walker p. 132-35 ^ Warner p. 479-482 Appendix VII ^ Harlow p, 108–110 ^ Walker p. 134-5 ^ Bancroft V:171-4 ^ Harlow p.110 ^ Bancroft V;174-6 ^ Bancroft V:136 ^ Harlow p. 111 ^ Walker p. 138-9 ^ Bancroft V:178-80 ^ Harlow p. 112 ^ Bancroft V:184-5 ^ Rogers: Ide p. 56 ^ Harlow p. 121 ^ Harlow p. 122 ^ "Commodore John Sloat". US-Mexican War, Public Broadcasting Service. ^ Harlow p. 124 ^ Bancroft V:185-86 ^ Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Museum. "History of the Bear Flag". Retrieved May 18, 2014.  ^ Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Museum, "Peter Storm and His Bear Flag." ^ [Flags of the World, "Storm Bear Flag, California"] ^ "A Note from the Painter of the Original Bear Flag," Los Angeles Herald, Volume 9, Number 41, 13 January 1878. ^ " Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Museum". Retrieved June 13, 2008.  ^ Flags over California, A History and Guide (PDF). Sacramento: State of California, Military Department. 2002.  ^ a b c Walker p. 84 ^ Walker p. 66, 84 ^ Walker p. 64-65 ^ Walker p. 66 ^ Walker p. 86 ^ Walker p. 98 ^ Walker p. 87 ^ a b c Walker p. 101 ^ Walker p. 72 ^ a b Walker p. 68 ^ Walker p. 91 ^ Walker p. 91-92 ^ Walker p. 92 ^ Walker p. 93-94 ^ Walker p. 95, 109 ^ a b Walker p. 95 ^ Walker p. 96 ^ a b c Walker p. 99 ^ Walker p. 97 ^ Walker p. 111 ^ Walker p. 100 ^ Walker p. 109 ^ Walker p. 110, 112 ^ Walker p. 102 ^ Walker p. 112 ^ Walker p. 103 ^ a b c Walker p. 113 ^ Walker p. 106 ^ Walker p. 107 ^ Walker p. 104 ^ Walker p. 115 ^ a b Walker p. 141 ^ Walker p. 108, 116 ^ a b Walker p. 116 ^ Walker p. 117 ^ Walker p. 118 ^ a b Walker p. 120 ^ a b c d Walker p. 142 ^ Walker p. 120, 122 ^ Walker p. 122-123 ^ Walker p. 123-125, 128 ^ Walker p. 131 ^ Walker p. 129 ^ Walker p. 126 ^ Walker p. 128-129 ^ Walker p. 129-130 ^ Bancroft V:155–159 ^ Walker p. 133 ^ Walker p. 133-134 ^ Walker p. 134 ^ Walker p. 134-135 ^ Walker p. 135, 137–138 ^ a b Walker p. 138 ^ Walker p. 138-139 ^ Walker p. 139-140 ^ a b Walker p. 143 ^ Walker p. 140 ^ Walker p. 143-144 ^ Walker p. 144 ^ a b c Walker p. 148 ^ a b c Walker p. 149 ^ Walker p. 151, 154 ^ Walker p. 155-156 ^ Walker p. 149-151 ^ Walker p. 154 ^ Walker p. 156 ^ Walker p. 154-155 ^ a b c d e Walker p. 157 ^ Walker p. 127 ^ Walker p. 158 ^ a b c Walker p. 159 ^ Walker p. 160

Citations[edit]

Bancroft, Hubert Howe (1886). History of California, Vol V. San Francisco: History Publishing Company.  Also at History of California, VOL. V. 1846–1848 CSMM, The California
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State Military Museum. "Captain John Charles Fremont and the Bear Flag
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Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
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External links[edit]

"The Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Revolt' (U.S. National Park Service) John Bidwell, "Frémont in the Conquest of California", The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, vol. XLI, no. 4, February 1891 The Bear Flag
Bear Flag
Museum Modern representation of the flag as designed by William Todd.

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Strategists

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Conquistadors

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Old World

Won

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New World

Won

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Lost

La Noche Triste Tucapel Chacabuco Carabobo Ayacucho Guam Santiago de Cuba Manila Bay Asomante

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