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Anasco (Puerto Rico)


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by Thanh-Tam Le , 12 Febuary 2000

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The flag derives its design, colors and symbolism from the municipal Coat of Arms. The only difference is that silver is painted white on the flag.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 6 April 2001

Name perhaps came from:
1) Asadist Spanish conqueror (perversion very frequent in the conquerors) that massacred thousands of pacific natives until that a Quishwa girl (previousely raped) with the help of some survivors, murdered him. His name was Pedro de Añasco and operate in Peru.
2) Other conqueror that operated in Florida in same era called Juan de Añasco, originated from Sevilla.

But more probably is a name for "imbroglio" that is the meaning of the name Añasco (Aramean orign I believe).
Jaume Ollé, 31 July 2001

Previous Version of the Flag

by Blas Delgado

Coat of Arms

by Nelson L. Román, 13 July 2004

The green field of the shield contains a saber cross massed in black, outlined in silver, and has a gold scallop shell in each quadrant formed by the cross. A gold mural crown of three towers crests the shield. The shield itself is identical in its design and colors to the one from which it probably came; that is, that of Captain Luis de Añasco, companion of Captain Juan Ponce de León in his first trip of exploration and colonization of Puerto Rico. "When Juan Ponce de León came to discover Puerto Rico," it is written in the "History of Puerto Rico", by Fray Iñigo Abad y Lasierra, "he took in his company Captain Luis de Añasco." The Cacique Agüebana asked Juan Ponce de León to gave him the name of the captain, which he used from there on. In his book "The Colonization of Puerto Rico" Don Salvador Brau says that, "Luis de Añasco resisted, with the help of other captains, the Indian attack in Aguada (area of Añasco). The shield of the town of Añasco is then, the same of the explorer Don Luis de Añasco, whose last name is perpetual in the population. One of the particular details, the four scallop shells, remember the last name of the founder of Añasco, Don José de Santiago, because these shells are also called "de Santiago", in the Spanish tradition they represent Apostle Santiago el Mayor, Patron of Spain.
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Nelson L. Román, 13 July 2004