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How much do you know about California? Take our quiz.

Ah, California. (Mary Knox Merrill/The Christian Science Monitor/File)

There's California and then there's the rest of the United States. If you have Hollywood, the Golden Gate, earthquakes, volcanoes, Death Valley, and the Lakers, what else do you need? If you're a Californian, see how well you know your state. If you're not, see if you can pass yourself off as one.

- Daniel B. WoodStaff writer

1. California is one of four states that have, at one point in their histories, declared themselves to be independent nations. What was the country of California called?

American settlers declared the independence of the California Republic, also known as the Bear Flag Republic, from Mexico on June 14, 1846 in Sonoma. The revolt lasted for 26 days until US forces arrived and claimed the territory. The republic was never recognized by any nation, though the revolutionaries did choose a president. The other three states that have been independent nations are Texas, Hawaii, and Vermont.

American settlers declared the independence of the California Republic, also known as the Bear Flag Republic, from Mexico on June 14, 1846 in Sonoma. The revolt lasted for 26 days until US forces arrived and claimed the territory. The republic was never recognized by any nation, though the revolutionaries did choose a president. The other three states that have been independent nations are Texas, Hawaii, and Vermont.

American settlers declared the independence of the California Republic, also known as the Bear Flag Republic, from Mexico on June 14, 1846 in Sonoma. The revolt lasted for 26 days until US forces arrived and claimed the territory. The republic was never recognized by any nation, though the revolutionaries did choose a president. The other three states that have been independent nations are Texas, Hawaii, and Vermont.

American settlers declared the independence of the California Republic, also known as the Bear Flag Republic, from Mexico on June 14, 1846 in Sonoma. The revolt lasted for 26 days until US forces arrived and claimed the territory. The republic was never recognized by any nation, though the revolutionaries did choose a president. The other three states that have been independent nations are Texas, Hawaii, and Vermont.

Alta California

 

Sonoma

 

Pacific States of America

 

Bear Flag Republic

 
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