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Vacaria, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Vacaria (61,342 inhabitants; 22,458 ha) is located on the border with Santa Catarina state, 250 km north of Porto Alegre.

Vacaria is named for "vacarias" (Spanish, "baquerias"), which were big concentrations of cattle parked in wild areas, far from urban nuclei. The Baqueria de Los Pinares was established by the Jesuits after the settlement of the Seven Reductions.
The town was founded by tropeiros who built a chapel dedicated to Nossa Senhora de Oliveira de Vacaria.
The municipality of Vacaria was established in 1850.

Vacaria is Brazil's main producer and exporter of apples; in 2014, the municipality produced 300,000 tonnes of apples, that is, one quarter of the national production. Vacaria is also Brazil's main producer of smaller fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries).

Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 8 August 2020


The coat of arms of Vacaria is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 916 promulgated on 17 March 1976.

Article 1.
A Samnite shield surmounted by an eight-towered mural crown argent. On a field gules a bovine's head and a horse's head the two proper in base a cogwheel argent. A chief argent a Brazilian pine vert. The shield supported dexter by a branch of apple and sinister by wheat plants all proper crossed in base and superimposed with a scroll vert inscribed in letters argent the toponym 'Vacaria" surrounded by dates "22.10" and "1850".

Leis Municipais database


Ivan Sache, 8 August 2020