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Canguçu, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Canguçu (55,956 inhabitant in 2016; 35,251 ha) is located 275 km south-east of Porto Alegre.

Canguçu was established on 1 January 1800, as Capela Curada de Nossa Senhora da Conceição de Canguçu, in the place known as Canguçu Velho (Old Canguçu). The "vila" of Canguçu, separated from Piratini, was established by Law No. 340 promulgated on 28 January 1857, and inaugurated on 27 June 1857.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 13 July 2020


The flag of Canguçu is composed of a rectangle horizontally divided into three equal parts, green, red and yellow. The flag is charged in the center with a white circle inscribing the municipal coat of arms.

The coat of arms is composed of a Portuguese shield horizontally divided into two fields.
The upper field, white, is charged with a red cross, recalling the Portuguese from Azores who colonized the area. Beneath the cross, a blue wavy stripe represents Canguçu's hill. In its lower part, a green stripe represents agriculture.
The lower field, all white, is charged with a spotted jaguar, representing the origin of the name Canguçu, surmounting "CANGUÇU" written in a semi-circular pattern.
The shield is superimposed to two crossed lances, recalling the Ragamuffin heroes.
Beneath the shield a red scroll is inscribed "1812 Justiça – Igualdade – Perfeição 1857". The scroll ends with a wheat spike and a maize cob, present-day's main products of local agriculture.
The shield surmounted by a mural crown with three fortified castles and eight crenels. The crown represents the town of Canguçu.
Municipal website


Ivan Sache, 13 July 2020