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image by Dirk Schönberger, 12 August 2012
The municipality of São Miguel do Oeste (39,390 inhabitants in 2016; 23,440 ha) is located 650 km west of Florianópolis.
Ivan Sache, 7 November 2021
An upright white cross with a narrow central red stripe on a green field, with the municipal shield in the centre on a white disk.
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Dirk Schönberger, 12 August 2012
The flag and arms of São Miguel do Oeste are prescribed by Municipal Law No.
1,005 promulgated on 20 April 1976.
The municipal flag of São Miguel do Oeste, designed by heraldist Arcinoé Antonio Peixote de Faria, shall be: "Quartered by a cross, the green quarters formed by white stripes of 2 units in width superimposed with red stripes of 1 unit in width, placed in the vertical and horizontal dimensions 6 units from the hoist and charged with a white circle of 8 units in circumference inscribing the municipal coat of arms".
§1. In compliance with the tradition of Portuguese heraldry, of which Brazil inherited the norms and rules, the municipal flags have to be divided in eight, six, four or three parts, using the same colors as in the coat of arms and featuring in the center or at hoist a geometric figure inscribing the municipal coat of arms.
§2. The municipal flag of São Lourenço do Oeste is compliant with this general rule, being quartered by a cross recalling the people's Christian spirit. The coat of arms featured on the flag represents the municipal government while the white circle inscribing it represents the town proper, as the seat of the municipality. The circle is the heraldic symbol of eternity as a geometric figure without either a beginning or an end. White is a symbol of peace, friendship, work and prosperity.
The white stripes charged with red stripes quartering the flag represent the municipal power spreading over all the quarters of the territory. Red is a symbol of dedication, self-esteem, audacity, intrepidity, and courage. The green quarters represent the rural estates scattered over the municipal territory. Green is a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee and abundance; it is also the symbol of hope, which is green since greening fields in spring promise profuse harvests.
In compliance with heraldic rules, the municipal flag shall have the official dimensions prescribed for the national flag, 14 units in width on 20 units in length.
The coat of arms of São Miguel do Oeste, designed by heraldist Arcinoe Peixoto de Farias, is described in proper heraldic language as follows:
Samnite shield surmounted by a six-towered mural crown argent ports gules. On a field argent, a Swiss-styled escutcheon gules charged with an episcopal Cross of Lorraine argent surrounded by stylized Brazilian pines vert. [The shield supported by] maize and soybean plants proper interlaced in base supporting a scroll gules inscribed in letters argent the toponym "São Miguel do Oeste" surrounded by date "30 de dezembro de 1953".
The coat of arms shall have the following symbolic interpretation
a) The Samnite shield used to represent the arms of São Miguel do Oeste was the first style of shield introduced to Portugal by French influence; inherited by Brazilian heraldry, it evokes the colonizing race and main builder of the nation.
b) The mural crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of domains' coats of arms; argent (silver) with six towers, only four of them visible in perspective, it classifies a town of third rank or municipal seat.
c) Argent (white) is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious feelings.
d) The Swiss-styled escutcheon gules (red) charged with an Episcopal Cross of Lorraine argent is the symbol of São Miguel do Oeste, the Archangel patron saint and namesake of the municipality.
e) Gules (red) is the heraldic symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance.
f) The stylized Brazilian pines vert (green) represents the native resources of South Brazil, pine timber extraction being the landmark of the colonization of Santa Catarina Far West and originating in population nucleus that grew up to towns, as it was the case for São Miguel do Oeste.
g) Green is a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee and abundance; it is also the symbol of hope, which is green since greening fields in spring promise profuse harvests.
h) As supporters, the soybean and maize plants represent the main crop produced by the generous and fertile soil, the municipality's main source of income.
i) The scroll gules (red) is inscribed the toponym "São Miguel d`Oeste" surrounded by the date of political emancipation.
Leis Municipais database
Ivan Sache, 7 November 2021