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#7:  Bear Flag Monument

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Location:

Sonoma Plaza, SW corner of E Spain and 1st St E, Sonoma Plaza

38.293311,-122.456766

 

 

Plaque:

Private Plaque

Notes:

None


From the Guidebook:

On June 14, 1846, the Bear Flag Party raised the Bear Flag on this spot and declared California free from Mexican rule. Following the raising of the American flag at Monterey July 7, 1846 by Commodore John Drake Sloat, on July 9 the Bear Flag was hauled down and the American flag raised in its place by Lieutenant Joseph W. Revere, U.S.A., who had been sent to Sonoma from San Francisco by Commander John B. Montgomery of the U.S. Sloop-of-War Portsmouth.


From the plaque:

This monument was erected by the Native Sons of the Golden West and the state of California to commemorate the raising of the Bear Flag on this spot, June 14, 1846 by the Bear Flag Party and their declaration of the freedom of California from Mexican rule. On July 9, 1846, the Bear Flag was hauled down and the American flag here raised in its place by Lieutenant Joseph W. Revere U.S.A. who was sent to Sonoma from San Francisco by Commander John B. Montgomery of the U.S. sloop of war Portsmouth, following the raising of the American flag at Monterey July 7, 1846 by Commodore John Drake Sloat.



2009 David Schmitt