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Buenos Aires city coats-of-arms (Argentina)

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Coat of arms in 1580

Arm of Buenos Aires 1580 (click to enlarge)
by Jaume Ollé, 13 Aug 2000

Buenos Aires was founded by Juan de Garay 11 June 1580 with the City name of the Trinidad of the Port of the Buenos Aires. In 20 October was gathered the local Chapter to determine, among other things, the shield of the city. Was then when it was established the local shield in the one which already was appearing the crowned black eagle, the little eagles and the red cross. The black eagle was appearing in the nobiliary shields of Ortiz de Zarate, first adelantado of the Plata River, and in those of his son-in-law and succeeding Torres de Vera, of which Juan de Garay was a captain with greatest powers; the cross of Calatrava was introduced to symbolize the Christian faith and the wreath symbolizes to the kingdom of Castille and Lion; the four little eagles were representing at four cities or villages that they had to be founded according to the agreements between the first Adelantado Ortiz de Zarate and the king Felipe II (1569) and of those which The Trinidad of the Buenos Aires was the second (after Santa Fe, founded in 1573 by Martín Suarez de Toledo) being the others two Conception and Vera. Jaume Ollé, 14 Dec 1999,
quoting from his article on Flag Report 4 [frp],
based on informations provided by Alberto R. Perazzo,
president of the Argentine Asociation of Vexillology


Coat of arms in 1649

Arm of Buenos Aires 1649
by Jaume Ollé, 13 Aug 2000

The shield appears modified in 1649 when the governed Hyacinth de Lariz introduced a pattern containing a dove in chief and an anchor emerging of the sea in the base.
Jaume Ollé, 14 Dec 1999,
quoting from his article on Flag Report 4 [frp],
based on informations provided by Alberto R. Perazzo,
president of the Argentine Asociation of Vexillology

This shield appear in the 1807 flag of the Patricios.
Jaume Ollé, 13 Aug 2000


Coat of arms in 1716

A new shield was conceded by the king Felipe V in 1716: oval-shaped with dove in chief and anchor half submerged in the water, short the one which the shield; in the sea two ships. This pattern with various variations persists at present.
Jaume Ollé, 14 Dec 1999,
quoting from his article on Flag Report 4 [frp],
based on informations provided by Alberto R. Perazzo,
president of the Argentine Asociation of Vexillology


Coat of arms in 1856

Arm of Buenos Aires 1856 (click to enlarge)
by Jaume Ollé, 13 Aug 2000

Coats of arms after 1880

Arm of Buenos Aires 1900 (click to enlarge)
by Jaume Ollé, 13 Aug 2000

CoA of Buenos Aires city
by Ole Andersen, 10 Dec 1999 (source: [neu77])

Coat of arms in 1923

Arm of Buenos Aires 1923 (click to enlarge)
by Jaume Ollé, 13 Aug 2000

In 1923 a municipal ordinance established various specifications, but it did not fix the colors.
Jaume Ollé, 14 Dec 1999,
quoting from his article on Flag Report 4 [frp],
based on informations provided by Alberto R. Perazzo,
president of the Argentine Asociation of Vexillology


Coat of arms in 1995

Arm of Buenos Aires 1580 (click to enlarge)
by Jaume Ollé, 13 Aug 2000

28 of September of 1995 the deliberating Council of the city and Buenos Aires sanctioned the ordinance 49.669 that was establishing the flag of the city. The Ordinance was promulgated 24 October 1995 (Decree number 1.291). The article 1 of the Ordinance establishes as official flag of the city the one formed by white cloth carrying in the center the shield created by Juan de Garay 20 October 1580, integrated by a crowned black eagle, with four little eagles and a colored cross in her straight claw, known as Cross of Calatrava for be the pattern used by the military Order of Calatrava, in Spain.
Jaume Ollé, 14 Dec 1999,
quoting from his article on Flag Report 4 [frp],
based on informations provided by Alberto R. Perazzo,
president of the Argentine Asociation of Vexillology


Coat of arms in 1997

Arm of Buenos Aires 1997 (click to enlarge)
by Jaume Ollé, 13 Aug 2000

The shield was modified in May of 1997 after a public contest: it is a stilized drawing with the sea and the anchor, an alone ship; a light halo substituted to the dove.
Jaume Ollé, 14 Dec 1999,
quoting from his article on Flag Report 4 [frp],
based on informations provided by Alberto R. Perazzo,
president of the Argentine Asociation of Vexillology