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Minduri, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

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[Flag of Minduri, Minas Gerais image by Dirk Schönberger, 6 August 2010
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Dirk Schönberger, 6 August 2010

The municipality of Minduri (3,840 inhabitants in 2010; 220 sq. km) is located in south-southwestern Minas Gerais, 300 km of Belo Horizonte. Minduri emerged around the railway station of Paiol, built in 1912 by the Central Western Railways on the Paiol Estate, owned by Homero Penha de Andrade. The estate was named for the big barn ("paiol") where maize was stored before being processed in the farm. Homero and his brother Gabriel recommended the engineers of the railway company to build the station in a place bordered by the small Melo and Pitangueiras brooks. Huts and shops were built nearby, including seven houses for the railway employees, of which one has been preserved, as well as the railway station. In 1934, a commission was set up to obtain the erection of the district of Paiol, renamed the same year Andradina as a tribute to the Andrade family. On 17 December 1938, Andradina was renamed Minduri and erected a district of the municipality of São Vicente de Minas, from which it seceded as a municipality on 12 December 1953.

The coat of arms of Minduri is "Azure a bend sinister argent three trees vert in chief a bovine head argent in base a mountain vert ensigned with a bee argent. The shield surmounted with a mural crown argent charged with a red triangle. The shield supported dexter by a maize plant proper and sinister by a rice plant proper. Beneath the shield a scroll gules inscribed argent '1912 - MINDURI - 1953'."

Green represents the Forest Region covered with the primary forest. The other colors - red, blue, white and grey - have been randomly selected. The mural crown represents the municipality. The red triangle charging it recalls that the municipality belongs to Minas Gerais that has such a red triangle on its flag. The bovine head symbolizes dairy cattle. The trees represent the primary forest. The bee alludes to the namesake of the municipality, Manduri Peak, where lives a bee species called Manduri*, which means in Tupi "living in the soil". The mountains represent the relief located in the northern part of the municipality. The plants supporting the shield are the two main crops in the municipality. The scroll bears the years "1912" - the year of inauguration of the railway station of the Central Western Railways, the first historical event that prompted the development of the settlement of Paiol, and "1953", the year of political and administrative emancipation granted by State Law No. 1,039 of 12 December 1953. - Municipal website

* Melipona marginata Lepeletier is a South American stingless bee, of 7 mm in size, living in colonies counting up to 300 members. - Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 6 February 2012