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Princesa, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

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[Flag of Princesa,
SC (Brazil)] image by Dirk Schönberger, 25 July 2012

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The municipality of Princesa (2,758 inhabitants in 2010; 8,622 ha) is located on the border with Argentina, 720 km north-west of Florianópolis.

Princesa was established in the 1950s by colonists of German and Italian origin. The municipality's name (Princess) refers to a vision reported by João Maria de Lara, who "saw" a princess atop a Brazilian pine.

Ivan Sache, 5 November 2021

Description of the Flag

A horizontal triband, blue-white-blue, with the municipal arms in the centre on a white disk.

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Dirk Schönberger, 25 July 2012

The flag and arms of Princesa are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 34 promulgated on 28 May 1997.

Article 2.
The coat of arms, described in proper heraldic words, shall have the following symbolic interpretation.
a) The Samnite shield used to represent the coat of arms of Princesa, was the first style of shield introduced in Portugal by French influence; inherited by Brazilian heraldry, it evokes the colonizing race and main builder of the nation.
b) The municipal coat of arms also has the following meaning regarding its shape, colors and details.
a.1) The shield is subdivided into four geometric figures, whose symbols characterize the main sources of income in Princesa, as well as the origin of the name of the new municipality, emancipated by separation from São José de Cedro by Law No. 9,923 promulgated on 29 September 1995.
a.2) In the upper polygon, on a celestial blue field, appears a Brazilian pine. The pine surmounted by a princess' head with a golden crown in compliance with the descriptive memoir explaining the origin of the name of the municipality.
a.3) Symbolizing animal breeding, one of the municipality's main sources of income, a bovine and a pig, each on a white triangle with angles in the shield's center.
a.4) In the fourth geometric figure, shaped like a semi-circle, on the shield's base, the banks of river Princesa, crops, sugarcane and tobacco plants, representing the main sources of income for Princesa's farmers.
a.5) On the shield's sides, two maize plants with stems interlaced on a red scroll, each with two robust green cobs, interlaced with bean plants, other crops also representing the people's main sources of income.
a.6) Beneath the shield, a red scroll inscribed with the date of establishment of the municipality, 29/09, at one end, and "1995" at the other. In the center, the toponym "PRINCESA" and the acronym of the state of Santa Catarina ["SC"], with white letters and numerals.
a.7) A mural crown surmounting the shield, as the universal symbol of the domains' arms; argent with three towers, it symbolizes command, emancipation and struggle for the development of the new municipality. The red open gates symbolize liberty and equality among citizens.

Article 4.
The municipal flag of Princesa is 20 units in length.
§1. The flag's width is 14 units.

Article 5.
The municipal flag of Princesa is composed of two colors.
a.1) Indigo blue, composed of two horizontal stripes, placed in the upper and lower parts, of 4.7 units in width on 20 units in length, separated by a white stripe and partially concealed by a white circle.
Blue is the symbol of sky and of limpid and crystalline water, subtlety and harmony among people of Princesa.
a.2) White is represented by a circle of 7.8 units in diameter, placed in the flag's center, charged with the municipal coat of arms of Princesa, and by an horizontal stripe of 4.6 units in width and 20 units in length, partially concealed by the municipal coat of arms.
White symbolizes peace and purity.
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Ivan Sache, 5 November 2021