Flags Over California

CA flag

Many flags have flown over California soil. A few are: the Spanish Empire’s royal standard of Carlos V; the Mexican Republic’s banner of green, white and red vertical bars; the Flag of Argentina hoisted by revolutionary (some say pirate) Hippolyte de Bouchard for sixteen days in 1818; the flags of Russia and the Russian-American Company 1812-1841 at today’s Fort Ross; and the Bear Flag for three weeks in 1846 until it was supplanted by the Flag of the United States.  Sir Francis Drake planted the Flag of England at Drake’s Bay in 1579. It flew for 37 days.