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Mariápolis, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Mariápolis, SP (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 16 May 2013
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About the Flag

The municipality of Mariápolis (3,916 inhabitants in 2010; 18,610 ha) is located in northwestern São Paulo State.

Mariápolis was established on land sold in 1911 by Colonel Delfino Cerqueira to "Cia. de Aviação São Paulo Mato Grosso", which commissioned "Companhia Industrial, Mercantil e Agrícola" (CIMA) to organize the colonization of the territory. Jan Antonín Baťa (1898-1965), the Czech "King of Shoes", who had settled in Brazil short before the Second World War, established in 1941 an estate and a bridge over river Peixe, linking Mariápolis and Presidente Prudente. Josef Kielkowski and João Fonsek set up plots on CIMA's behalf. Antonio Jacomeli purchased the first plot of the new town in 1943. The district of Mariápolis was established in 1948, as part of the municipality of Adamantina. The municipality of Mariápolis was established on 30 December 1953 and inaugurated on 3 January 1965, The name of the municipality is a tribute to the founder's wife, Maria J. Bata.
http://www.mariapolis.sp.gov.br - Municipal website

The flag of Mariápolis is blue with a white, off-centered cross. Over the intersection of the cross' arms is placed a white disk charged with the municipal coat of arms.

Photos:
http://www.mariapolis.sp.gov.br/index/index.php?option=com_phocagallery&view=detail&catid=2:cidade&id=3
http://www.leiaopovo.com.br/noticias/jovens-recebem-certificados-de-dispensa-de-incorporacao

The coat of arms of Mariápolis is "Azure a three arched bridge argent in chief three fleurs-de-lis of the same in base a fish natant gules. The shield surmounted by a mural crown argent ports sable. The shield supported by two branches of coffee fructed proper. Beneath the shield a scroll inscribed with the municipality's name in letters argent".

The shield must represent the bridge over river Peixe (Fish River), while the fleurs-de-lis must represent Mary and allude to the name of the municipality.
Ivan Sache, 16 May 2013


Variant Flag

Mariápolis, SP (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 16 May 2013

The flag used outdoors appears to have a much lighter shade of blue than the flag used indoors.
Ivan Sache, 16 May 2013