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Aguaí, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Aguaí, SP (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 2 September 2012

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Divided per saltire, red over white, with the municipal arms in the hoist quarter, and a white Maltese cross in each red quarter.

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Dirk Schönberger, 2 September 2012

The municipality of Aguaí (32,168 inhabitants in 2010; 47,337 ha) is located 200 km of São Paulo.

Aguaí emerged as a settlement named Cascavel, established around the railway station inaugurated on 1 January 1887 by the Mogi Railway Company. Major João Joaquim Braga, considered as the founder of the town, obtained in 1889 the set up of a post office and of a police station. The district of Cascavel, part of São João da Boa Vista, was established on 4 August 1898. The municipality of Aguaí was established on 30 November 1944 and inaugurated on 1 January 1948.

The coat of arms of Aguaí, designed by Lauro Ribeiro Escobar, is "Gules a bend wavy mouthed by two snakes and surrounded by two Maltese crosses all argent. The shield surmounted by an eight-towered mural crown argent ports sable. The shield supported dexter by a plant of cotton and sinister by a plant of soybean the two fructed proper. Below the shield a scroll gules inscribed with the toponym in letters argent."

The rounded-off, or Iberic, shield, used in Portugal at the time of discovery of Brazil, is a tribute to the early colonizers and builders of the country. Gules (red) is a symbol of audacity, valour, courage, valiance, nobleness, triumph and honour, recalling the courage of the first colonizers of the region. The bend wavy represents the water resources of the region. The snakes are symbol of strength and highness, recalling the early name of the place, Cascavel (lit., "rattlesnake"). The crosses evokes the Christian faith of the inhabitants and their devotion to Jesus Christ, the town's patron saint. Argent is a symbol of felicity, purity, temperance, truth, frankness, beauty, integrity and friendship. The mural crown is a symbol of political emancipation. The open ports are a symbol of hospitality. Cotton and soybean are important products of the fertile and generous soil. - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 21 December 2012