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

Item # 689717

May 24, 1879

THE PIONEER, San Jose, California, May 24, 1879 

* Rare Old West publication
* Santa Clara Valley
* Nice masthead for display

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. This is the sixth installment of a series on the event.
Also on the front page is a nice print captioned: "Town & Port of Yerba Buena, in San Francisco Bay, 1843".
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.
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