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Trinidad town, Bolivia

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Flag of Trinidad image by Ivan Sache, 15 October 2006
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Description of the flag

The flag and a coat of arms of Trinidad were officially presented by the Municipal Council on 5 October 2006. The flag is dark green with a red canton charged with a yellow cross whose arms end with horns. Green represents the pampas (grasslands) and bajíos (flooded lowlands) of the region and recall the national flag [note that the flag of the department of Beni is plain dark green]. Red represents the blood shed by the men and women of the Mojeño indigenous groups [c. 75,000 sedentary farmers-hunters, aka Moxo, Moxos, Mojos, Mojo, Moxeno, Ignaciano or Trinitario]. The yellow cross represents the Beni indigenous groups, whereas the horns are a symbol of the power, the strength and the victory of Jesus dead on the cross. The official dimensions of the flag are 1.30 × 2.20 m. The 5th of October shall be the Day of the Flag and Coat of Arms of Trinidad.
Ivan Sache, 15 Oct 2006, from Red Bolivia

A newswire by the ABI agency, 10 October 2006, adds that the symbols of Trinidad shall be used during the civic and religious festivals by the public and private institutions as well as by the education and miltary establishments. The cross is said there to represent the spirituality of the town.
Ivan Sache, 15 October 2006

Previous flag(s)?

The APG agency reports on 7 May 2006 that the changes decided by the Municipal Council in the coat of arms and flags of the municipality of Trinidad (the capital city of the province of Beni) have been criticized by the priest, Adán Bravo. The priest claims that everybody must reject the new symbols because nobody was consulted before their adoption. I don’t really understand the details of the quarrel, but this proves that the municipality of Trinidad has a flag and a coat of arms, and that those symbols were recently changed.
Ivan Sache, 10 May 2006


The town of Trinidad (officially, La Santísima Trinidad; c. 82,000 inhabitants) is the capital city of the department of Beni. The town was founded in 1686 by the Jesuit Father Cipriano Barace about 14 kilometers of its present location. The original city was on the Mamoré river, but flooding and disease forced a move to higher ground in 1769. The main tourist spots near Trinidad are the Suárez laguna and the Mamoré river, the longest tributary of Amazon, famous for its parrot and macaw flocks, pink river dolphins, piranhas, vultures, monkeys and caimans.
Ivan Sache, 15 Oct 2006, from Tunari