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Ajuricaba, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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Ajuricaba, RS (Brazil) image by Paulo RS Menezes, 29 May 2014

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Based on, the municipality of Ajuricaba (7,255 inhabitants in 2010; 32,324 ha) is located 30 km north-west of Ijui and 450 km north-west of Porto Alegre. Ajuricaba is named for an Amazonian cacique of the Manaos tribes. In the beginning of the 17th century, he set up an alliance with the Dutch against the Portuguese. To prevent a Dutch invasion of the Rio Negro valley, the Portuguese attacked Manaos. Captured in 1727, Ajuricaba committed suicide by drowning during his transfer to Belém. Ajuricaba has remained an archetypical freedom fighter both for the natives and the Portuguese.

Ajuricaba was established by German and Italian immigrants, coming from old colonies of Rio Grande do Sul, such as Bento Gonçalves and São Leopoldo. The new colony, established on 19 October 1890, as Colônia de Ijuhy Grande, was the first of the new colonies founded in north-western Rio Grande do Sul. The colony, originally divided into "lines", was subsequently organized in districts and renamed Ajuricaba in January 1940. The municipality of Ajuricaba was established on 8 November 1965 by Decree-Law No. 5,085 and inaugurated on 29 May 1966, with its seat at Linha 19.
Ivan Sache, 31 May 2014


The flag and arms of Ajuricaba are prescribed by Law no. 237 promulgated on 10 May 1978.

Article 1.
The flag of the municipality of Ajuricaba is composed of two equal rectangles, the upper, white, and the lower, celestial blue, and charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.

Article 2.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Ajuricaba is composed of a shield surmounted by a four-towered mural crown or, representing a "cidade". The shield is divided into two parts; the upper part, celestial blue and charged with a mate calabash - symbolizing one of the sources of income of the municipality and its hospitality tradition - and a tractor, which symbolizes agriculture and its high level of mechanization; the lower part, white, charged with a soybean plant and a wheat plant superimposed to three chain links, symbolizing, the forts, the main source of income of the municipality, and the second, union and cooperativism, which are the bases of the economy. Beneath the shield, a brown scroll inscribed argent: 29.05 - AJURICABA - RS - 1966". - Leis Municipais database

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Ivan Sache, 11 July 2020