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Fuente Palmera (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Fuente Palmera - Image from the Símbolos de Córdoba website, 7 June 2017


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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 El 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.), and Cañada del Rabadán (891 inh.).

Fuente Palmera 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.

Ivan Sache, 7 June 2017


Symbols of Fuente Palmera

The flag of Fuente Palmera, adopted on 23 January 2017 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 3 March 2017 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, is prescribed by a Resolution adopted on 8 March 2017 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 14 March 2017 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 49, p. 17 (text).
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, made of three horizontal stripes of the same width, from top to bottom, green, white, and red. The flag is completed by ten six-pointed stars forming a circle located in the center of the flag. The color of the stars shall be of the same blue shade as the upper half of the shield; the stars shall be outlined in golden yellow. The municipal coat of arms shall be placed in the center of the circle formed by the stars.

The coat of arms of Fuente Palmera, adopted on 5 July 1997 by the Municipal Council, is prescribed by Decree No. 4, adopted on 10 January 2000 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 10 February 2000 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 17, p. 1,757 (text). This was confirmed by a Resolution adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Azure the cypher of King Charles III (C III) or, 2. Argent a fountain azure and a palm tree eradicated vert in fess. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The upper part of the arms recalls the establishment of the town by Charles III.
The lower part of the arms includes a rebus of the town's name, Fuente ("a fountain") Palmera ("a palm tree"), making the arms canting.

Ivan Sache, 7 June 2017


Submunicipal entity of Aldea de Fuente Carreteros

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

The submunicipal entity of Aldea de Fuente Carreteros, also one of the New Settlements of Sierra Morena and Andalusia, 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 described 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