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San Antonio de Areco District (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina)

Partido de San Antonio de Areco

Last modified: 2012-03-14 by francisco gregoric
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[Flag of San Antonio de Areco]
image by Fernando Bollana of Banderas Rapi Arte, 27 Jan 2005
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About the district

The Partido de San Antonio de Areco is located at 178 Km from the city of La Plata, capital of the province. It is 858 Km2 and it had a total population of 21,333 inhabitants in the last census (2001). Its main economical activities are agriculture and stockbreeding.
Francisco Gregoric, 10 Apr 2008

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Description of the flag

A white flag with the municipal coat of arms at center and the name of the district
Francisco Gregoric, 26 Feb 2006

The municipal coat of arms, shown in the middle of the flag, is described on an unofficial website of San Antonio de Areco.

The coat of arms of San Antonio de Areco was designed by the Heraldic College of Argentina upon request of Mayor Enrique O. Amondaray. The College released on 27 February 1979 the following blason:

    "De gules y una flor de lis de oro, partido de plata con otra gules y, en punta, una tercera del uno al otro. Cargado de un franco cuartel de oro con una guadaña de sable. Como timbre trae una corona mural de cuatro torres a la vista, de oro, mazonada de sable y aclarada de azul. Rodeado de una rastra de flor de cardo, de plata, a guisa de collar, que lleva pendiente una cruz de gules, de San Antonio."
    Per pale gules a fleur-delis or and argent a fleur-de-lis gules, a fleur-de-lis countercoloured in point, a canton or a scythe sable. The shield surmonted by a mural crown of four towers or masoned sable port and windows azure*. The shield surrounded by a string of thistle flowers argent forming a collar and bearing a St. Anthony cross gules.
The coat of arms belonged to the family of General José Ruiz de Arellano, who founded the first settlement and chapel on his private lands. The scythe recalls the first cattle brand registered by the administration of Buenos Aires in 1589, a very ancient symbol of the place, once used by the silversmiths as their stamp and today by the Gaucho Musem and Creole Park Ricardo Güiraldes**. The mural crown recalls that San Antonio Areco has the rank of town. The thistle flower string recalls a local tradition, while the cross*** honours St. Anthony, the patron saint of the town.

* but shown gules on the image of the coat of arms

** the scythe-shaped brand is shown on the top of the museum website

*** not the tau cross usually assigned to St. Anthony

Ivan Sache, 12 Dec 2008

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