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Ataquines (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Ataquines

The municipality of Ataquines (732 inhabitants in 2009; 4,254 ha) is located in the south-east of Valladolid Province.

Ataquines is named for Ata aquí Inés ("Tie up this, Inés"), recalling that Queen Isabel once riding to Medina del Campo lost her shoe and asked her servant Inés to tie it again. More probably, the village is named for the Ataquines neighboring hills. Ataquines was granted the title of Royal village in 1633 by King Philip IV.
On 22 February 1900, the New York Times reported that some 320 houses had been destroyed by a blaze in Ataquines: "There has been a great loss of livestock and several of the inhabitants have gone mad as a result of their terrible experience".

Ivan Sache, 28 January 2011

Symbols of Ataquines

The flag and arms of Ataquines are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 20 July 2001 by the Municipal Council, signed on 6 May 2002 by the Mayor, and published on 24 May 2002 in the official gazette of Castile and León, No. 99, p. 6,799 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, made of two equal vertical serrated stripes, at hoist red with three yellow spikes and at fly white with a white eradicated pine.
Coat of arms: Argent a tower gules masoned sable and port and windows azure in chief dexter three spikes vert and sinister a pine eradicated of the same a terrace wavy vert. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 28 January 2011