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Terra Nova do Norte, Mato Grosso (Brazil)

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[Flag of Terra Nova do Norte, MT (Brazil)] image by Dirk Schönberger, 30 December 2010
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About the Flag

A green flag bearing a large white star displaced toward the upper hoist, and from it two broad flaring yellow and blue bands extending to the fly and hoist, each band with a narrow white edge; across the bottom a white stripe and the text TRABALHO E PROGRESSO.

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Dirk Schönberger, 30 December 2010

The municipality of Terra Nova do Norte (11,302 inhabitants; 2,302 sq. km) is located in northern Mato Grosso, 670 km of Cuiabá.

Terra Nova do Norte (lit. "North New Land") was founded in 1978 as a colony aimed at a resettling colonists expelled from Kaingang lands. The new colony was organized by the Lutheran pastor Norberto Schwantes. An area of 435,000 ha, including 1,062 plots and nine villages was delimited by the Cooperativa Agrária de Canarana. The colony was originally very isolated, since the BR163 road heading to it was not achieved yet. The discovery of gold completely disorganized the colony, while malaria killed most of its inhabitants. A new wave of colonization was organized, so that the municipality of Terra Nova do Norte was established by State Law No. 4,995 of 13 May 1986, seceding from the municipality of Colíder, and inaugurated on 10 January 1987. The municipality of Nova Guarita seceded in 1992, including the villages of Planalto, Nonoai and Guarita. The name of the municipality reflects recent colonization. "do Norte" was added for the sake of differentiation from other municipalities of the same name in Bahia and Pernambuco.

The flag of Terra Nova do Norte is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 95 of 3 January 1989. The flag shall have the same proportions as the Brazilian national flag. The flag include stripes, representing roads, converging to a star charged in the middle with a gold pan and the date of establishment of the municipality, surrounded by two garbs of grains. The pan represents gold panning, the main source of income in the municipality. The grains represent agriculture and cattle-breeding. Green represents the forests, blue represents the rivers, yellow represents the mining resources. The white stripe placed at the bottom of the flag represents peace and harmony; it is inscribed with the motto "Trabalho e Progresso" (Work and Progress), very significant for the development and growth of the municipality. - Municipality blog
Ivan Sache, 27 January 2012