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Monte Aprazível, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Monte Aprazível, SP (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 11 December 2012
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Description of the Flag

A very long flag, approximately 1:3, horizontally divided blue-white-red with the municipal arms in the centre.

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Dirk Schönberger, 11 December 2012

The municipality of Monte Aprazível (21,746 inhabitants in 2010; 49,690 ha) is located in north-western São Paulo State, 475 km of São Paulo. The municipality is made of the districts of Monte Aprazível (seat), Engenheiro Balduíno, Itaiúba and Junqueira.

Monte Aprazível was founded in 1900 by Areias-borne Captain Porfírio de Alcântara Pimentel (1843-1919), on a piece of land offered by João Busto Moreno. Located close to river São José dos Dourados, the settlement was originally named Água Limpa (Clearwater); when made a district on 18 December 1914 by State Law no. 1,438, the place was renamed Monte Aprazível (Mount Pleasant). The founder coined the new name to highlight the location of the settlement on a small height. The municipality of Monte Aprazível, seceding from Rio Preto, was established on 23 December 1924 by State Law No. 2,008 and inaugurated on 10 March 1925.

Article 3 of the Municipal Constitution, adopted on 28 March 1990, states that the municipal symbols are the coat of arms, the flag and other symbols prescribed by a Municipal Law. - Municipal constitution

The flag is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 1,269 of 7 May 1975. The flag is horizontally divided blue-white-red with the municipal coat of arms in the middle, slightly overlapping the blue and red stripes.

Photos of the flag - the shade of blue appears to vary among the different copies of the flag:  

The coat of arms is "Quarterly, 1. and 4. Gules a castle or, 2. and 3. Vert a lion rampant or, all over an escutcheon azure a mount argent ensigned with a Latin cross or. The shield surmounted by a four- towered castle argent. The shield surrounded dexter by a branch of coffee and sinister by a branch of cotton, the two fructed proper. Below the shield a scroll argent inscribed with the name of the municipality in letters azure sable on the image."

Gules is a symbol of the struggle of the first builders, who settled in 1900 in Água Limpa and established there, thanks to constant work, audacity and valiance, a focus of faith and civilization within a hostile environment. The castle comes from the coat of arms of the Pimentel family, recalling the town's founder, Porfírio de Alcântara Pimentel. The castle is also a symbol of strength, sovereignty and force of the local commerce and cultures. Vert is a tribute to those who built in the beginning of the 20th century the first ranches, from which emerged Monte Aprazivel, a progressivist town with patriotic feelings for the Brazilian land. The lion rampant appears on the arms of the Pimentel family and is the main charge of the arms of the Alcântara family. The lion is also a symbol of justice, clemency and benignity, being the noblest of the animals. The escutcheon recalls the name of the municipality; the historical establishment of the settlement, and the Christian faith. The supporters are the main crops in the municipality.
Ivan Sache, 12 December 2012