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Quilombo, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

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[Flag of Quilombo,
SC (Brazil)] image by Dirk Sch÷nberger, 25 July 2012

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The municipality of Quilombo (10,201 inhabitants in 2014; 27,928 ha) is located 580 km west of Florianˇpolis.

Quilombo was once inhabited by people led by a prophet who had predicted thay would be the only survivors to the end of the world. A Brazilian soldier who met them in the forest, close to river Chapecˇ, described them as "survivors of the Palmares Quilombo", referring to the community established by escaped slaves in north-eastern Brazil in the 17th century.
The modern colonization of Quilombo was achieved by descendants of German, Italian and Polish immigrants coming from Rio Grande do Sul.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 5 November 2021

Description of the Flag

A vertical triband, green-white-green, each green bar with a red stripe across the centre, and with the municipal arms in the centre.

Official website at
Dirk Sch÷nberger, 25 July 2012

The coat of arms was designed by the heraldist ArcinoÚ Ant˘nio Peixoto de Faria.
The classical Flemish-Iberian shield means that the place was under the Iberian (Portuguese and Spanish) rule of the colonizing people who built the nation. The mural crown with four towers classifies the town as of third rank, or municipal seat. Red represents the qualities of the pioneers, of the citizens and of the leaders of the community.
Argent is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious feeling.
The broken chains in chief recall escaped slaves who formed quilombos; the town is the only one in Brazil to have been named as a tribute to those courageous people [but see above], which contributed to the building of the nation by their painful labor.
Black represents the black race reduced to slavery and is a symbol of authority, honesty, prudence, knowledge, moderation, and firmness. The shield's lower part features the hilly topography of the municipality. In base, the fountain pouring water represents the mineral sources present in the municipality and gushing forth on HÚlio Ant˘nio Faresin square.
Or is a symbol of glory, splendor, greatness, wealth, sovereignty; the white stripe represents river Chapecˇ. As supporter, the bean plant represents the town as the main bean producer in West Santa Catarina. The red scroll is inscribed in letters argent "QUILOMBO" surrounded by the date of inauguration of the municipality, "29/12/1961".
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 5 November 2021