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José Clemente Paz District (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina)

Partido de José Clemente Paz

Last modified: 2020-07-26 by francisco gregoric
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[Flag of Jose C. Paz]
image by Francisco Gregoric, 25 Apr 2008
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About the district

The partido de José C. Paz is located a few km north-west of the City of Buenos Aires. This district is 50 Km² and it had 230,208 inhabitants in the last census (2001).

The district’s name pays homage to José Clemente Paz (1842-1912), an Argentine military man, politician, diplomat, journalist and founder of the Buenos Aires newspaper La Prensa.

The Partido de José C. Paz alongside the neighboring districts of San Miguel and Malvinas Argentinas were part of a bigger district named Partido de General Sarmiento until 1994 when they became three independent districts by provincial law.
Francisco Gregoric, 10 Apr 2008

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Description of the flag

An article published on 2 January 2006 in the local newspaper "Noticias Paceñas" [See here] seems to indicate that a change in the flag is under way.

From what I have understood, the proposal presented on 22 December 2005 shall add to the flag a feather and a book as a syumbol of education. The author of the paper seems to be ironic about the need of already changing a flag that was adopted on 16 June 2005, presented to the public on 20 June 2005 and to the President of the Republic on 8 August 2005, but has not been seen yet flying anywhere in the municipality.
Ivan Sache, 10 Jan 2006

The flag of José C. Paz District was selected after a contest, on June 16, 2005. The design chosen was proposed by student Cristian Gabriel Brandán (born in 1991), of the Special School No. 501.

The wining flag was a two vertical stripes flag of sky blue and white, the colors of the Argentine flag. At center the map of José C. Paz, painted in green, stands for the fertile land. Elements of the emblem of José C. Paz appear in the flag too.

A few days later after the election, on June 20, 2005 during the celebrations of the National Flag Day, the winning design was officially presented with municipal authorities and the student that designed the flag.

Three months later a flag of José C. Paz was given as a gift to the President of the Republic Néstor Kirchner during a meeting. However, apparently no more flags of José C. Paz have been manufactured or used at all since then.

Francisco Gregoric, 25 Apr 2008

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Municipal emblem

[Jose C. Paz municipal emblem]
image sent by Francisco Gregoric, 25 Apr 2008

The municipal emblem was originally designed by Juan Pennacca in 1973 as emblem of the city of José C. Paz, which was a sub-division of District of General Sarmiento. In 1994 José C. Paz became an autonomous district, and two years later, the emblem of the city of José C. Paz was chosen as emblem for the new District of José C. Paz.

The Argentine colors appear in the sky with some clouds in the upper part of the emblem.

The tower is the historical Mirador (Observatory) de Altube. From this tower the founder of the city José Altube saw, wagons making paths between the thistles (Cynara Cardunculus.) These wagons transported products that gave economical growing to the region. To recall these wagons, a wheel of one of them appears. However half of this wheel is a cogwheel for industry. The emblem of commerce appears above the wheel and the thistles (in Spanish cardos) can be seen at left of it.

Finally the name of the district José C. Paz appears below in dark yellow letters.
Francisco Gregoric, 25 Apr 2008

Cynara cardunculus L.: Family Asteraceae, is know in English as "artichoke thistle" or "cardoon", in French as "cardon" (while a thistle is a "chardon"), in Spanish and Portuguess as "cardo".

The cultivated cardoons and artichokes are derived from C. cardunculus. C. scolymus L., once used for the wild artichoke, is now considered as a synonym of C. cardunculus. C. cardunculus is native from the Mediterranean Basin but has been naturalized and cultivated world wide.
Ivan Sache, 26 Apr 2008

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