Better Know Your State: California
We’ll start with the California State Seal (since I walk past it every day)!
“The seal was designed by Major R. S. Garnett of the U.S. Army, and adopted at the Constitutional Convention of 1849 before California became a state in June 1850. Under the gaze of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, a miner works near the Sacramento River. A grizzly bear rests at her feet and ships ply the river. The Sierra Nevada mountains rise in the background. Wildlife, agriculture, natural beauty, commerce, and opportunity are all represented on California’s Great Seal.
The state motto, Eureka, sits over the mountains. A Greek word that means “I have found it,” Eureka refers the discovery of gold in California.
The ships, on a representation of the Sacramento River, symbolize the commercial greatness of California. A sheaf of grain in the foreground represents California’s agricultural wealth.
At the feet of Minerva, stands the California grizzly bear. A symbol of strength and independence, the grizzly bear is the Official State Animal and is the prominent feature on the California State Flag. There are no wild grizzly bears left in California.” :(