Fake Bear Flag Revolt

My kindred, John Fremont, led a force that illegally took California from the sovereign nation of Mexico. It is a lie Fremont, and his father-in-law, were not aware a U.S. Naval force was prepared to take Monterey as soon as Fremont’s troops were on the move.

As King of California, I am prepared to reverse this egregious land-grab as soon as my claim to the Oregon Territory is recognized by the Mexican Government.

I suggest Mexico keep the Bear Flag in honor of our alliance with Russia and the coming Russian Monarchy.

Below is a cartoon that depicts Fremont’s new found Republican party as the party of nuts and radicals who do not want to obey anyone’s law of the land – anywhere! I regret these, thieves, have blood ties with my and my fiancés family, and in their name, I am prepared to right a great wrong.

J.G. Presco

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http://www.liberty-ca.org/presentations/california_bear_flag_revolt.htm

U.S. Army Major John C. Frémont arrived in California claiming to be on a mission to find a route to the Pacific (his mission officially was to find the source of the Arkansas River), he began encouraging a parallel rebellion among the Anglo-American settlers. As a result, thirty-three settlers in Sonoma, assisted by volunteers from among the American settlers and Vacqueros from the many haciendas in the Sacramento River valley, captured the Mexican garrison of Sonoma and raised a homemade flag with a bear and star (the “Bear Flag”) to symbolize their taking control. The words “California Republic” appeared on the flag but were never officially adopted by the insurgents. Their actions were later called the “Bear Flag Revolt.”[1]

John Sutter joined the rebellion by opening the doors of Sutter’s Fort
As part of the Sonoma garrison, the rebels captured the Commandant of Northern California, General Vallejo, who openly endorsed the inevitability of the annexation of California by the United States. Vallejo was sent to Sutter’s Fort in the Sacramento River valley, where he was kept a prisoner until August 1, 1846.[2] The Republic’s first and only president was William B. Ide,[3] whose administration lasted twenty-five days. On June 23, 1846, Frémont arrived with sixty soldiers and took command in the name of the United States. The Bear Flag was replaced by the Stars and Stripes. The “republic” disbanded and Ide enlisted in the U.S. forces as a private.
The Mexican governor sent 55 men to attempt to crush the rebellion, but General José Castro’s forces were defeated at the Battle of Olompali.[citation needed]
Unknown to Frémont and the Bear Flag supporters, war had already been formally declared on May 13, 1846, but the news did not reach California until early July, when the frigate USS Savannah and the two sloops, USS Cyane and USS Levant, of the United States Navy captured Monterey, California.[4]
King of California

The most notable legacy of the “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 Republic”. The Sonoma Plaza, site of the raising of the original Bear Flag, is marked by a California Historical Landmark.[citation needed]

The original Bear Flag was designed and made by William L. Todd, who was the cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln,[5] wife of future American president Abraham Lincoln. 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 Lone Star Flag that was flown during California’s 1836 revolt led by Juan Alvarado and Isaac Graham.[6] The flag also featured an image of a grizzly bear statant (standing). The modern flag shows the bear passant (walking).[citation needed]

The original Bear Flag was destroyed in the fires following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. A replica, created in 1896 for the 50th Anniversary celebrations, is on display at the Presidio of Sonoma.

Proclamation of the Bear Flag Revolt[edit]

William B. Ide wrote a proclamation of independence on the night of June 14–15, 1846, and read it on the fifteenth:[7]

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 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 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 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 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.

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1 Response to Fake Bear Flag Revolt

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    With the discovery my kin, Commodore Joseph Hull, led the naval force that captured Mexico’s navy, my pretentious claims to the state I was born, and the Louisiana Territory, is not without merit. Add to this the Grail Legends of the Bourmont family, then we have a fancifal drama Steven Spielberg might have an interest in, a hidden reality that exist just below the surface like table water that is being drawn upon to save California Growers from a terrible drought. Camelot is……dying~

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