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Cartajima (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Cartajima - Image from the Símbolos de Málaga website, 16 September 2016

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Presentation of Cartajima

The municipality of Cartajima (247 inhabitants in 2015, 2,200 ha; municipal website) is located 110 km west of Málaga.
Cartajima has no recorded history before the status of villa was granted in 1814 by Ferdinand VII. At the time, the town, twice most populated than now, was known as Little Cádiz, producing cannons, bullets and other war-related material with iron extracted from the nearby mines.

Ivan Sache, 16 September 2016

Symbols of Cartajima

The flag (photo, photo) and arms of Cartajima were designed by the Instituto Borbone de Heráldica y Vexilología Municipal, upon request of the municipality dated 7 February 2001. The symbols do not appear to have been officially registered.
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular panel, in proportions 2:3, vertically divided in two parts, close to the hoist, green, close to the fly, twice longer, yellow, the latter part charged in the center with the crowned coat of arms of the town of Cartajima.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Vert (green) a castle or masoned sable on a mount or, 2. Or a chestnut tree vert. A bordure gules charged with eight crescents or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown or.

The castle represents the old castle, today ruined, standing on Mt. Romeral. The chestnut tree, very abundant in most of the municipal territory, is a main source of income for the town. The crescents in the bordure recall the Muslim past of the town.
The combination or/vert was selected for the sake of chromatic harmony.
[Municipal website]

Ivan Sache, 16 September 2016