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Presidente Prudente, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Presidente Prudente, SP (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 18 January 2013

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Presidente Prudente

Presidente Prudente is a city in the east of São Paulo State.

I found this flag at the following web address:
Chris Pinette, 23 April 1997

The flag is a horizontal triband, red, white, and black (the colors of the State of São Paulo), 14:20, with the coat of arms on the center. The coat of arms is red, representing the courage of the first settlers, with the image of the bandeirante Raposo Tavares. A chief is tierced in pale, dexter a green forest, center the head of Mercury (for commerce), and sinister a cow's head (for ranching). The supporters are branches of corn (maize) and cotton. The motto is O trabalho a tudo vence, or "Labor conquers all."
Joseph McMillan, 13 March 2002

An orange variant does not seem to exist in the cloth but is widely propagated, as a drawing, through the Internet.

The municipality of Presidente Prudente (207,625 inhabitants in 2010; 56,211 ha) is located 560 km west of São Paulo. The municipality is made of the town of Presidente Prudente proper and of the districts of Ameliópolis, Eneida, Floresta do Sul and Montalvão.

Presidente Prudente developed around the railway station of the same name built by the Sorocabana Railway Co., named for Prudente de Moraes (1841-1902), the 3rd President of Brazil (1894-1898), also President of São Paulo (1889-1890). The town was established as the merger of two urban nuclei, Vila Goulart and Vila Marcondes. Vila Goulart was founded on 14 September 1917 by Colonel Francisco de Paula Goulart, the owner of the Pirapó-Santo Anastácio Estate. Vila Marcondes was founded in 1919 by Colonel José Soares Marcondes, the head of the Cia. Marcondes de Colonização, Indústria e Comércio.

The flag of Presidente Prudente is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 568 of 4 July 1960. The text of the Law does not say explicitly that the stripes of the flag should be of equal size.

The flag used in the meeting room of the Town Hall seems to have equal stripes, like the drawing shown on the website of the Municipal Council: - Photo - Drawing

However, there is also a flag, probably "less official", with a broader central stripe. - Photo

This flag got international fame during the Sydney Olympic Games, when used by the sprint athlete Claudiniei Quirino to celebrate the silver medal won by Brazil in 4 x 100 m. - Photo

The coat of arms of Presidente Prudente, designed by Pr. José Machado de Almeida and painted by Pr. Luiza Salvador Damato, is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 5,005 of 17 December 1997 (since the coat of arms already appears on the flag adopted in 1960, "1997" might be an error - unless the original design was amended or not prescribed by any Law until 1997)..

The coat of arms summarizes in a symbolic manner the history as well as the economical and political build-up of the town. The Flemish-Iberic style recalls the origins of the Brazilian civilization, rooted in Portugal, that bequeathed us the language, the religion and a part of the ethnical composition of Brazil. The eight-towered mural crown argent represents Presidente Prudente as an emancipated municipality. The quarters below the crown [in chief] represent the primary forest and the courage and intrepidity of the people who established the town; Mercury's emblem, as the symbol of commerce, and a plough, as the symbol of field work; three "juntos" recalling the beginning of the municipal life, when a town emerging from hostile forests was transformed into the main commercial and agricultural trade center in the triangle formed by the Paraná, Mato Grosso and São Paulo States. In the middle of the shield is represented the pioneer Raposo Tavares*, as a tribute to all the pioneers who settled the region, sailing on rivers Paranapanema and Paraná with their troops, in 1627. The shield is supported dexter by a plant of peppermint and sinister by a plant of cotton, recalling that the town is the main center of production of peppermint and cotton in Brazil. Below the shield, a scroll argent (gules on the coat of arms used on the flag) is inscribed with the motto "LABOR OMNIA VINCIT" (Labour Always Win). - Presidente Prudente Municipal Museum website

*António Raposo Tavares (1598-1658), the "legendary pioneer", led his first expedition in 1628, which allowed the annexation of the current States of Paraná and Santa Catarina to Portugal. He led a second expedition in 1636, which allowed the annexation of the current state of Rio Grande do Sul. His last and most famous expedition trailed in 1648 from São Paulo to Belém. Out of the 1,200 members of the expedition, only 60 reached Belém, including Tavares himself.
Ivan Sache, 18 January 2013

Variant with a broader central stripe

Presidente Prudente, SP (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 18 January 2013