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Baranoa (Atlantico, Colombia)

Municipio Baranoa

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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 July 2009 (based on image by the wikipedian Mkstillo)



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The Flag

The flag of the Municipality of Baranoa in Department of Atlantico, Colombia, is shown at <alcaldiadebaranoa.gov.co> (now defunct).
Valentin Poposki, 13 April 2006

"Baranoa is located 22 km south of Barranquilla. The municipality occupies an area of 127 km2, including rural, urban, suburban and protected land. Baranoa has 55.178 inhabitants (2006 Census).
Baranoa was an indigenous settlement located close to the Big Creek (Arroyo Grande) when the spanish conquers under the commandament of Don Pedro de Heredia discover it in 1534.
In October 1543, it was commended by the Spanish Crown to Hernando Dávila. Further commendements were given to Inés de Mendoza (1556), Hernando De la Salas (1568) and José De las Salas (1609). The Viceroy Sebastian de Eslava order a reformation of the town between 1744 and 1745. As a consequence, 39 spanish families made their home in Baranoa, creating the Parish of Santa Ana of Baranoa.
In October 23, 1856, it was created the municipality of Baranoa, based on the number of inhabitants the parish had, and its level of development. The municipality category, as well as its boundaries, was ratified in December 16, 1964."
The flag of Baranoa is horizontal greem-magneta(?)-green with six points star on the top fly. There are two versions that differ in the oriantation of the star.
Wikipedia show image with the stars points sideways, while the municipal web site show an image with the star points up.
Sources: wikipedia, municipal web site.
Dov Gutterman and Felipe Carillo, 2 August 2008

There is a doubt about the orientation of the star on the upper fly of the municipal flag of Baranoa, dep. Atlántico, in Colombia:
The English Wikipedia shows the 6-pointed star standing on 2 points; there is no source given for this image, including the choice of unusual green shade, light pale.
Image from the municipal website shows, in a not very clear way, the star standing on one point, but the image is hand drawn to look fluttering in 3D, so angles can decieve. This image uses a regular shade of dark green. Relevant hyperlinks in the official website are:
- General information page, incl. about the symbols (as reported above)
- The original of the mentioned 3D drawn flag image.
- Another 3D drawn flag image, this with three equal stripes, medium green, and 6-pointed star standing on point and less dense. (Animated image swapping from flag to emblem and back).
- Animated slideshow image incliding a photo that shows the upper part of three flags in local, official use - most probably Colombian national, departmental (visible white and red), and plain medium green - the local flag.
I suggest another source image, used in the article of the Spanish Wikipedia, with, again, the star standing on two points and a much more normal shade of (medium) green. Thereon author Mkstillo loudly stresses that "BANDERA MUNICIPAL DE BARANOA RIGIENDOSE A SUS LEYES Y GUARDANDO LAS PROPORCIONES DE SU TAMAÑO", which suggests that some checking with legal regulations was done while creating the image.
The specifications seem to be (2+1+1):(15)=3:5 ratio and star (density=2, like a solid David’s star) enscribed in a circle of diameter =25% of the flag’s height centered on the upper fly square with 50% of the flag’s height to the side.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 July 2009 


Coat of Arms


image from <alcaldiadebaranoa.gov.co>