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Fuente Palmera (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

Last modified: 2017-02-04 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Fuente Palmera

The municipality of Fuente Palmera (10,893 inhabitants in 2016; 7,473 ha; municipal website) is located 50 km south-west of Córdoba. The municipality is made of the town of Fuenta Palmera and of the villages of Rl Villar (701 inh.), Villalón (353 inh.), La Ventilla (730 inh.), Silillos (619 inh.), Peñalosa (597 inh.), Ochavillo del Río (1,000 inh.), LA Herría (290 inh.), Aldea de Fuente Carreteros (1,254 inh.), Cañada del Rabadán (891 inh.)

Ivan Sache, 9 January 2017

Submunicipal entity of Aldea de Fuente Carreteros


Flag of Aldea de Fuente Carreteros - Image by Ivan Sache, 8 August 2009

Aldea de Fuente Carreteros is one of the New Settlements of Sierra Morena and Andalusia, established by Royal Letters (text) signed on 5 July 1767 in Madrid by King Charles III. The document contains "instructions and the settlement charter to be applied in those [settlements] newly established in the Sierra Morena with natives and Roman Catholic foreigners". The Preamble of the Letters states that Pablo de Olavide, Knight of the Order of St. James, "Assistant" of the king in Seville and Intendent of the Army of Andalusia, is appointed Superintendant General in charge of the direction of the new settlements to be established in Sierra Morena. The king "proposes" that Juan Gaspar de Thurriégel, of Bavarian citizenship and Roman Catholic religion, introduces 6,000 Roman Catholic, German and Flemish colonists in the kingdom.

The submunicipal entity of Aldea de Fuente Carreteros was established on 7 March 1989. The name of the village (lit., The Carters' Fountain) recalls a fountain used by the carters transporting chestnut timber from Constantina to the Écija market.
Fuente Carreteros has two dances registered as of Andalusian National Touristic Interest, the Lunatics' Dance (Baile de los Locos) and the Bear's Dance (Danza del Oso), probably of Central European origin. The two dances must recall a very ancient ritual of symbolic expelling of the bad guys from the community.

The flag and arms of Aldea de Fuente Carreteros, adopted on 15 January 2004 by the Village Council, are prescribed by a Resolution adopted on 17 May 2004 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 16 September 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 117, p. 13,330 (text).
The symbols are prescribed as follows:

Flag: Divided in two triangular parts by a diagonal line; the upper triangular part is green with the coat of arms of Fuente Carreteros in its left zone. The lower triangular part is white; in its right zone are six red five-pointed stars forming a circle.
Coat of arms: Divided in wto quarters, one in chief (top) and the other in base (bottom). In chief, on the viewer's left: an olive branch and a wheat spike; on the viewer's right: a component of the Lunatics' Dance. In base, two ancient carts drawn by oxen, crossing each other; the wheel common to both carts forming a fountain pouring water. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown [closed].

Ivan Sache, 8 August 2009