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Bonito de Santa Fé, Paraíba (Brazil)

Last modified: 2016-08-18 by ian macdonald
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Boqueirão, PB (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 8 August 2016

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The municipality of Bonito de Santa Fé (10,806 inhabitants in 2010; 22,833 ha) is located 500 km of João Pessoa. Originally inhabited by the Cariri Indians, the area was colonized in the 18th century by Manoel José and Francisco Soares, who acquired it from Arruda Câmara. At the end of the 19th century, the area was threatened by bands of "cangaceiros", the legendary rascals of Brazilian Nordeste (originally, landless farmers revolted against the landlords), who were repelled by the Timóteo de Souza family. After the expelling of the invaders, the regular inhabitants of the place erected a chapel dedicated to St. Anthony. The village that soon grew up nearby was originally called Santa Fé, a name subsequently changed to Bonito de Santa Fé.

The district of Bonito de Santa Fé was part of the municipality of São José de Piranhas. State Law No. 1,164, adopted on 15 November 1938, changed the name of São José de Piranhas to Jatobá and erected Bonito de Santa Fé as a separate municipality, with the shortened name of Bonito. Inaugurated on 1 January 1939, the municipality was made of the districts of Bonito and Monte Herebe. State Decree-Law No. 520, adopted on 31 December 1943, re-established the original name of the place, Bonito de Santa Fé. Monte Herebe was erected as a separate municipality by State Law No. 2,608, adopted on 5 December 1961. The district of Viana, part of Bonito de Santa Fé, was established at some date between 2003 and 2007. - Municipal website

The symbols of Bonita de Santa Fé are provisioned in Article 3.2 of the Municipal Constitution, adopted on 5 April 1990, as "the flag, the anthem and the coat of arms, to be prescribed in a separate Law".

The flag of Bonito de Santa Fé is blue with a green triangle bordered in white and charged with a yellow triangle of same base but lower in height. The image is shown on the municipal website. Photos of the flag provide evidence that the shades are too light on the image. The yellow triangle also appears to be sharper and the white border thinner.

Ivan Sache, 8 August 2016