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Santa Clara (Pastaza, Ecuador)

Cantón de Santa Clara

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The municipality of Santa Clara (3,565 inhabitants in 2010; 31,000 ha) is located in the north-west of Pastaza province, on the border with Napo province. The municipality is made of the urban parish of Santa Clara (1,312 inh.) and of the rural parish of San José (2,253 inh.).

Santa Clara, part of a territory originally inhabited by the Kichwa, was settled in the middle of the 20th century, during the building of the Puyo-Tena road. In 1958, the Josefina mission acquired the Santa Clara estate (c. 300 ha) from Jesús Londoño; the estate was dedicated to St. Clare by Sofía Londoño, the owner's wife. The mission established a school for the natives in the Platua estate and planted the first coffee groves.
In 1964, Santa Clara, eventually served by the road, had a school and an hospital. The parish of Santa Clara was established on 29 December 1966.
The municipality of Santa Clara was established by a law enacted on 2 January 1992 and published in the Ecuadorian official gazette, No. 844.
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Ivan Sache, 30 July 2018


The flag of Santa Clara is horizontally divided green-yellow with a celestial blue triangle at hoist, charged with a white star. Green represents the exuberant forest resources and the local flora. Yellow represents the mining resources and the diversity of products
supplied by the tropical soil. Celestial blue represents the sky and the rivers that water, decorate and embellish the canton, converted in beautiful bathing resorts.
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image by Ivan Sache, 30 July 2018

The flag is also used with the municipal coat of arms.


The coat of arms is a vivid representation of the values, constant struggle and original liberty of a people immersed in development and of the progress of hard-working, gentle and kind people, represented by several elements.

The shield is surmounted by the sun raising from a typical piece of Kichwa pottery known as "mocahua" and surrounded by a fructed branch of coffee (left) and a branch of "guayusa" (right). Guayusa (Ilex guayusa Moes.) is an evergreen tree cultivated in Napo and Pastaza provinces' forest gardens; guayusa tea is a Kichwa ritual beverage (see, National Geographic, 4 July 2014). Beneath the shield, a scroll horizontally divided green-yellow-celestial blue (the colors of the municipal flag) is inscribed with "CANTÓN SANTA CLARA" in black letters.

The shield is divided in five quarters.
The top quarter features river Anzu. The upper left quarters shows the parish church. The upper right quarter features a book surmounted by two traditional hunting blowguns - "pucuna" and "bodequera" - crossed in saltire.
The lower left quarter represents cattle-breeding. The lower right quarter features an "ashanga", a traditional basket used by the natives
to carry and store food.
In base the vertical division of the shield ends in an arrow, forming a lance.
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