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Arroio do Meio, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Arroio de Meio (20,272 inhabitants in 2017; 15,796 ha) is located 130 km of Porto Alegre.

Arroio de Meio was established in 1816 by Ricardo José Villanova, from Taquari, who was granted the domain of São Caetano. In 1844, he sold São Caetano to another inhabitant of Taquari, Captain Francisco Silvestre Ribeiro. The São Caetano fazenda was initiated in 1850 with the building of huts for workers and slaves and of a sugar mill. After the captain's death, his sons sold the domain. In 1860, Johann Gerhard and his sons purchased a part of it, being the first German colonists to settle in Arroio de Meio. In 1861, another part of the domain, including the today's downtown, was acquired by Antônio Fialho de Vargas.

In the 1860-1870, more German and Italian colonists came to Arroio de Meio. At the time, the settlement, depending on Taquiri, was known as Nossa Senhora do Auxílio da Barra do Arroio do Meio. It was subsequently incorporated to Estrela, then to Lajeado.
The municipality of Arroio de Meio was established by State Decree No. 5,759 issued on 28 November 1934, and inaugurated on 2 January 1935. - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 11 July 2020


The flag of Arroio de Meio was designed by Sisters Eda and Amélia, from Colégio São Miguel. Its main color is green, with a white diagonal stripe charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.

The coat of arms of Arroio de Meio was defined on 3 October 1968.
It is composed of a Portuguese shield divided into two parts. The first part is a field separated by three lines representing the three streams tributaries of river Taquari: Arroio Forqueta [Forked Stream], Arroio do Meio [Middle Stream], and Arroio Grande [Big Stream]. On the central line is placed a star, symbolizing the name of the municipality (on Arroio do Meio). Beneath, placed horizontally, river Taquari and the three streams flowing in. In the lower part of the shield a maize cob and a branch of soybean, representing the main crops in the municipality. On the scroll placed beneath the shield the municipality's name surrounded by years "1853" - foundation of the Arroio do Meio colony - and "1934" - municipal emancipation. The shield surmounted by a mural crown with four castles, representing the four powers : Executive Legislative, Judiciary, and Ecclesiastic. - Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 11 July 2020