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Bahia Blanca District (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina)

Partido de Bahía Blanca

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[Flag of Bahia Blanca]
image by Gobierno de Bahía Blanca, GIF by Ivan Sache, 20 Jan 2014
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About the district

The District of Bahía Blanca is located at southwest of the Buenos Aires province
Ivan Sache, 22 Jan 2014

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Description of the flag

The flag of Bahia Blanca was the subject of the contest "Confección de la Bandera del Partido de Bahía Blanca" (Design of the flag of the municipality of Bahia Blanca"), organized by the municipal administration. Initiated by the Municipal Councillor Fabio Pierdominici, the contest was open from 1 October to 30 November 2012 to the alumni of the public and private, primary and secondary schools of the town.

The first prize was awarded to Pablo Martínez Haller (10-years old, 5th grade, Escuela 4 "Bartolomé Mitre"), among 20 proposals selected for the final round of evaluation.

The flag has two horizontal stripes, blue and green, symbolizing the sky and the plain, respectively. It is charged with different emblems, such as an anchor*, a gear, and the silhouette of the "Fortaleza Protectora Argentina"**. The two horizontal fields are separated by a "guarda pampa"***, characteristic of the natives' art. The emblems recall the cultural and economical wealth of the town, as the product of history, the force and work of its inhabitants for its 184 years of lifespan, as well as the native peoples.

The final design shall be polished by the designer Juan Luis Sabattini, who will address specifically the details of the anchor and the specification of the colours of the bay and of the sky. The design will be eventually submitted to a vexillological revision by the expert Salvador Navas.

The flag was unveiled on 11 April 2013, during the celebration of the 185th anniversary of the foundation of the town.

    *Bahia blanca is the most important port town in Argentina.

    **Bahia Blanca was originally founded as a fortress called Fortaleza Protectora Argentina, Argentine Protective Fortress.

    ***A "guarda pampa" appears, for instance, at the top and bottom of the Mapuche flag.

Ivan Sache, 5 Jan 2013 & 20 Jan 2014

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