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Guayama (Puerto Rico)

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by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 13 December 2004

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This city of 43,583 inhabitants was founded on January 29, 1736. The design in the canton of its flag is the old Torre de Molino [Mill Tower], known as the Molino de Vives. The black stands for the Black and African race of Puerto Rico . The yellow represents the economic benefit gained from sugar cane in PR. The red symbolizes the blood shed by Indian slaves in their fight against foreign invaders.
Thanh-Tâm Le, 27 January 1999

Please note that "Franja Negra - La raza africana o negra de Puerto Rico" , means that the top stripe is black, not blue as it seems on (dufunct) image
Nicolas Rucks , 31 January 2000

By comparison with the coat of arms of Antigua & Barbuda and the explanation given for instance in Tallocci, I understand this 'Mill Tower' is the part of an ancient sugar mill, probably used in Guyama flag to highlighy sugar cane and sugar production in the area.
Ivan Sache , 31 January 2000

Guayama - The flag is arranged with three (unequal) stripes of different color. At the left (hoist) extreme side of the upper stripe is the old Mill Tower, which is known today as Vives Mill. Each color means the following:
Black stripe - Puerto Rico's Black or African race.
Yellow stripe - the economic profit of Puerto Rico attained from the sugar cane industry.
Red stripe - the blood shed by the Indian slaves in their fights against foreign invasions.
Blas Delgado, 14 April 2001

Reported Flags (Variants (?))

lexjuris site Flag

by Thanh-Tâm Le , 27 January 1999 site (dufunct) Flag

Coat of Arms

by Nelson L. Román, 13 December 2004

The new Coat of Arms of the city of Guayama, Puerto Rico. The only change indeed is the five towered mural crown over the shield, signifying the new status of "city" bestowed recently upon the villa, on August 2004.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 13 December 2004

Previous Coat of Arms

by Nelson L. Román, 4 July 2004