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Aguadilla (Puerto Rico)

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by Blas Delgado, 14 November 2004

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The Flag

The flag is horizontally light blue over yellow with the Coat of Arms with laurels in the center. I located an image at pueblos-de-puertorico site (defunct).
Jarig Bakker , 23 January 2000

The flag was designed on 1972 following the recommendations of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture for the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the city foundation.  It consists of two horizontal bands of equal size, blue the upper one and gold (yellow) the lower one, the predominant colors of the Coat of Arms, being this placed at the center of the flag.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 6 April 2001

Coat of Arms

by Nelson L. Román, 13 July 2004

Aguadilla (literally: little water-station - see Aguada) - The shield's arms refer to the history of Aguadilla. The first quarter presents the famous "Ojo de Agua" (Spring of Water) and behind the Jaicoa Mountains.  The second quarter shows the image of a "nao" or vessel that stands for the many ships that made seaport in past centuries and with reference to the discovery of Puerto Rico by Christopher Columbus. (Another contested site of landing). The third quarter illustrates a tower raised from the waters due to the battles at Fuerte de la Concepción (Fort of the Conception), where English and Colombian pirate's attacks were repelled in the XVII and XIX Centuries. The fourth quarter has a five-point star in reference to the many Aguadillan intellectuals that has given prestige to the arts, sciences, writings, military, and legislation; is an expression of light and clarity. The inscription thereof seen is due to the granting of the title of "Loyal Villa", in 1860, by Queen Elizabeth II and that responded to the cooperation that Aguadilla gave to the war that Spain was having in Africa.  The green boughs refer to the palms that the Holy Virgin of Victory carries.  The mural crown has four towers signifying its Villa status.  The colors: red stands for courage, fearlessness, intrepidity (boldness), and honor. Blue, the classic sea color, is for serenity and sweetness. Green's for hope, abundance and liberty. Purple's for the citizen's dignity. Gold's for wealth, faith and constancy (steadfastness). White background stands for temperance and kindliness.
Source: "Banderas y escudos municipales" (Flags and Municipal Shields) by Anisa Productions Inc.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 31 May 2001