The Russian National and Naval Ensign (as seen in use from 1812 to 1841), was a White Field with a Blue Cross of St. Andrew, centered and occupying the entirety of the Flag from corner to corner. In it's History, it was this Flag that “claimed” a small portion of Northern California (US), as Russian Territory (1812). Much to the dismay of Spanish Imperial Authority - “Fort Ross” was extablished. Without real interest in the Territory by the early 1840s, Russia “sold” Fort Ross (and their interests), to one Robert Sutter for $30,000 (USD). It was Sutter would would go one to discover Gold in Northern California (and hasten California Independence from later Mexico, a War with the same – and it's eventual Statehood).