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Portuguesa State (Venezuela)

Estado Portuguesa

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by Raul Jesus Orta Pardo, 7 December 2000

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Portuguesa State flag is a triband of blue, white and green (not an unusual combination for Venezuelan state flags, as it can be seen). The widest stripe, blue, has a white and yellow, highly stylised, sun of sixteen rays, which resembles a mechanichal wheel (I asume it's because they try to picture Portuguesa as an incipiently industrialised region, but the person who showed me the model was not sure). The center band is very narrow, and divides the blue, wide band from the narrower (but not as narrow as the white one) green band.
Source: 1981 edition of "Los Simbolos Sagrados de la Nacion Venezolana", by Francisco A. Vargas
Guillermo Aveledo
, 4 October 1999

At <> you can find Info in Spanish and the Coat of Arms.
Dov Gutterman, 2 December 2000

Portuguesa is a central western state of Venezuela and its capital is the City of Guanare, place where appears on 1651 the Celestial and Principal Matron of the Nation: Our Lady of Coromoto. The Portuguesenian Flag consists of three horizontal and unequal stripes. The blue stripe (above) represents the celestial vault of the firmament, which serves of spiritual reference to the "llanero" (the Venezuelan man of the plains region) that populates the region and their human dimension (their life, their customs and daily chore). The white fringe (central) remembers the pristine purity and the harmony where they unite the material world and the spiritual world for reach the noblest purposes. The green fringe (below) it represents the exuberant natural and agricultural wealth of the State, scenery for the effort and the work of its inhabitants. On the canton near to the staff in the blue fringe appears a Yellow and White sun that irradiates rays of light for symbolize power, wealth, dynamism and generosity. Their configuration is inspired by a geometric figure of aboriginal root for represent the historical continuity of the population of the State, also constituting symbol of the creative energy of its inhabitants like alive force that it guarantees the faith in the future.
Sources: Web Site "Portuguesa.Net" <>. Produced by PUBLI WORLD NET, C.A., Portuguesa State, Venezuela.
Raul Jesus Orta Pardo, 7 December 2000

Coat of Arms

by Raul Jesus Orta Pardo, 7 December 2000

The Coat of Arms - The Portuguesa State Coat of Arms presents a quarterly field. The dexter chief quarter, in Vert (green), contains a grain bundle like symbol of union and prosperity. The sinister chief quarter, in Gold (yellow), loads a bull's head for represent the cattle-rising riches of the State and the worthy haughtiness of the "llaneros" - the Venezuelan men of the plains. The dexter base quarter, in Gules (red) presents a sailboat guided by a "llanero" on the waters, representing the River that gives name to the State - Portuguesa and mentions to the hydrological wealth of the region. The sinister base quarter, in Azure (blue), contains an iris branch hugged in saltire to a hoe for symbolizes the beauty of the portuguesenian plains and the agricultural work that there is developed. As external ornaments, the Coat of Arms shows like timmer or crest two national flags, which symbolizes the Patriot Spirit of the Portuguesa State sons and their sacrifices in favor of the Cause of the National Emancipation. Among them, appears a nascent sun for represents the Freedom shining on the fertile plains of the State and like cimier it shows the inscription ARAURE in memory of the celebrated battle that was verified near the population of the same name, won by the Patriots under the conduction of El Libertador Simon Bolivar during the Independence War of Venezuela. As supports of the Shield appear two vigilant white herons; this is, with an affirmed paw and the other one raised holding the field in fishing attitude, for symbolize the plumage riches of the region. Complete the group a symmetrical base where besides being sustained the shield and their supports, appear an Azure (blue) pennant which shows like mottoes the ephemeris DICIEMBRE 5 DE 1813 (December 5th, 1813), date of the Battle of Araure previously mentioned and the sentence HONOR Y GLORIA (Honor and Glory), to the flanks that mentions to its importance in the regional and national history.
Sources: Law of the Coat of Arms of the Portuguesa State, dated on January 30th, 1935.
The Sacred Symbols of the Venezuelan Nation, Francisco Alejandro Vargas; Caracas, 1981.
Raul Jesus Orta Pardo, 7 December 2000