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Mora (San Jose, Costa Rica)

Canton de Mora

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image by Ivan Sache, 22 July 2013

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Mora Canton (26,993 inhabitants, 16,204 ha) is made of the six districts of Colón (14,925 inh., 578 ha), Guayabo, Tabarcia, Piedras Negras, Picagres and Jaris. Mora Canton remotely originates in the establishment of Pacaca Province by Governor Francisco de León in 1604. The capital of the province was the village of Asunción de Pacaca de la Real Corona, named for the native cacique Pacacua. Pacaca Canton was established by Law No. 7 of 23 May 1883 and renamed Mora Canton by Law No. 37 of 4 July 1896. The name of the canton is a tribute to two former heads of state, Juan Mora Fernández (1784-1854, 1st head of state of Costa Rica, 1825-1833) and Juan Rafael Mora Porras (1814-1860, 2nd Constitutional President of the Republic, 1849-1859). The town of Pacaca was renamed Colón by Law No. 14 of 6 June 1916, as a tribute to Christopher Columbus.
Source: Cantonal website
Ivan Sache, 22 July 2013

The Flag

The flag of Mora is horizontally divided purple-green. In the middle of the flag is placed an orange lozenge charged with the cantonal coat of arms. Purple represents the sky, orange represents the mountains, and green represents the natural environment.
Sources: Flag page, cantonal website and image of the flag, cantonal website
Ivan Sache, 22 July 2013

Coat of Arms

image contributed by Fred Drews, 30 March 2006

The coat of arms of Mora is made of a shield framed by a red bordure. The shield is "Quarterly, 1. Azure the bust of Juan Rafael Mora, 2. Gules the bust of Juan Mora Fernández, 3. Gules the bust of Christopher Columbus, 4. Azure the bust of Antonio Hernández, the busts sable and argent captioned in letters argent, overall a rectangular cartouche representing a landscape with a tree, a river and pre-Colombian ruins (?). The shield surmounted by a crown or and a scroll azure inscribed with 'MORA' in letters sable. The shield supported by two branches of coffee fructed proper Beneath the shield a scroll azure inscribed with '1883' in numerals sable."
Ivan Sache, 21 July 2013