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Caçador, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

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Caçador, SC (Brazil)] image by Ivan Sache, 2 November 2021

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The municipality of Caçador (78,595 inhabitants in 2019; 98, 429 ha) is located on the border with Paraná, 400 km north-west of Florianópolis.
The coldest temperature ever registered in Brazil, -14°C, was recorded in Caçador on 11 June 1952.

Caçador was established on plots belonging to Fazenda Faxinal de Bom Sucesso, owned by Francisco Corrêa de Mello. In 1907, the São Paulo - Rio Grande do Sul railway reached the Fazenda. An iron bridge was built in 1909 over river Lajeado do Simeão. Several engineers and railway workers settled in the area on plots acquired from Francisco Corrêa.
Corrêa was an experienced tapir and deer hunter ("caçador"), who sold flesh and furs to the bridge's workers, so that the river was renamed to Hunter River (Rio Caçador). So was the railway station inaugurated in 1910, which attracted German and Italian immigrants from Rio Grande do Sul. Interrupted from 1912 to 1916 by the Contestado War, colonization resumed with the input of Polish, Ukrainian, Spanish, Portuguese and Syrian-Lebanese immigrants. The Tortatto-Gioppo sawmill was established in 1918.

Rio Caçador was elevated to a district of Campos Novos by Municipal Law No. 289 promulgated on 9 January 1923. A roofed wooden bridge connected Caçador to Santelmo, a district of the municiplity of Porto União da Vitória, in neighboring Paraná state. The two towns formed a single entity, so that Santelmo was incprporated in 1928 to Porto União, in Santa Catarina state.
Rio Caçador was transferred in 1932 to the municipality of Curitibanos. The municipality of Caçador was established by State Decree No. 508 issued on 22 February 1934, separating from Porto União (districts of Santelmo, Taquara Verde and São João dos Pobres pro parte), Curitibanos (Rio Caçador), Campos Novos (Rio das Antas) and São Bento (Cruzeiro).
Francisco Corrêa de Mello passed away in 1933, aged 110, with an offpsring composed of 12 children, 96 nephews and more than 200 grand nephews.

In the 1940s, Caçador was Brazil's capital of Brazilian pine timber; within ten years, more than 4.5 million trees were cut. The municipality was also the state's main wine producer, which ended in 1944 with the transfer of the wine districts of Vitória and São Luiz to the newly established municipality of Videira. In the 1950s, there were some 200 sawmills oprated in the town; most wood used to build Brasília between 1957 and 1962 was processed in Caçador. Timber industry declined in the 1960s with the exhaustion of the forest resources.
The first genuine Brazilian tractor was manufactured in 1964 in Caçadora by Osvaldo Olsen. Caçador was elevated to the seat of a Roman Catholic bishopric in 1966.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 2 November 2021

Description of the Flag

The flag and arms of Caçador are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 27 (unavailable) promulgated in 1966.

The symbols are described in Decree No. 7,299 issued on 26 October 2017, which regulates the municipal symbols and prescribes norms for its production.

Descriptive memoir.

Coat of arms of the municipality of Caçador.

The coat of arms of the municipality of Caçador, whose heraldic description appears in Law No. 27 promulgated in 1966, is available in a digital archive to be downloaded from the electronic page of the municipality of Caçador and also appended to this Decree.
The colors of the coat of arms are based on the CMYK scale, consisting of six colors:
Yellow CMYK 4 33 97 0
Blue CMYK 90 50 0 0
White CMYK 0 0 0 0
Black CMYK 25 25 0 100
Purple CMYK 53 100 33 26
Red CMYK 18 97 100 10
Green CMYK 98 36 75 28
The shield shall be designed in heraldic proportions of 8 units in width and 7 units in length.

Flag of the municipality of Caçador.

a) The background's color shall be blue, CMYK 90 50 0 0.
b) Its dimensions, and, especially, its proportions, follow the national flag's parameters, that is 20 units in length on 14 units in width, or proportions of 1:1.43.
c) The eight white stripes of the flag of Caçador run from the center, being symmetrical on each side (White color, CMYK 0 0 0 0).
d) The white stripes shall be of 2 units in width, always keeping them proportional to the flag's full size.
e) The white stripes shall be arranged to form a cross, with arms in the center of the flag's width and length and an "X" running from the flag's angles.
f) The angle of the "X"'s arms shall be 35 degrees
g) The white stripes are superimposed with a red stripe (CMYK 18 97 100 10), on half of their width, that is 1 unit in width.
h) The flag's cantons or angles shall be red.
i) The central, white rectangle shall be placed on the flag's exact center, being of 6 units in width on 7 units in length.
j) The rectangle's corners shall be placed on the exact junction of the white and red stripes on the "X"'s arms.
k) The coat of arms of the municipality, in compliance with the heraldic description and the available archive, shall be placed in the flag and central rectangle's exact center, of 5.5. units in width.
l) Beyond the blue, white and red colors already described, the coat of arms shall also have elements in green, yellow, purple and black [respective CMYK values recopied from above, skipped here].
m) The construction sheet and the final design of the flag and arms are appended to the descriptive memoir and available in electronic format.
Leis Municipais database

The Decree abrogated Decree No. 7,237 issued on 5 September 2017.
The wording of the abrogated Decree was the same, except the color specifications (purple not mentioned):
Yellow CMYK 0 13 100 0
Blue CMYK 100 60 0 20
White CMYK 0 0 0 0
Black CMYK 25 25 0 100
Red CMYK 21 100 100 13
Green CMYK 100 0 32 39
Leis Municipais database


Image above from Appendix to Decree No. 7,299

Ivan Sache, 2 November 2021