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Very graphic masthead... Great article on the Bear Flag Revolt...



Item # 688442

May 17, 1879

THE PIONEER, San Jose, California, May 17, 1879  The masthead notes: "Devoted To The Interests Of The Pioneers of California And the Resources of the Golden State." The masthead is one of the more graphic we have seen, featuring three vignettes: one of settlers traveling, one of a bear, and another of a detailed mining scene.
The front page has a lengthy & descriptive article: "The Bear Flag War--Its Defenders" which includes a rare print of the California Bear Flag. The very detailed report consumes most of the front page.
During the Bear Flag Revolt, from June to July 1846, a small group of American settlers in California rebelled against the Mexican government and proclaimed California an independent republic. The republic was short-lived because soon after the Bear Flag was raised, the U.S. military began occupying California, which went on to join the union in 1850. The Bear Flag became the official state flag in 1911.
The front page also features a nice print of John Sutter, upon whose land gold was discovered. There are mentions of him in this article.
This title is not recorded in Gregory's "Union List of Newspapers".
Four pages, evenly toned, good condition but a bit fragile so it should be handled carefully.

Category: The Old West