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Álvares Machado, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Álvares Machado, SP (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 4 March 2013

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The municipality of Álvares Machado (23,506 inhabitants in 2010; 34,628 ha) is located in far western São Paulo State, 15 km of Presidente Prudente and 580 km of São Paulo. The municipality is made of the town of Álvares Machado and of the district of Coronel Goulart, located 20 km from the downtown.

Álvares Machado was founded on 19 March 1916 by Manoel Francisco de Oliveira, originating from Alfenes, Minas Gerais. He spent a night under a fig tree; the place, subsequently known as Brejão, would be the site of the initial nucleus of settlement. Other colonists joined Oliveira in 1919, following the establishment of the Sorocabana Railway. In 1921, Oliveira established the village of São Luiz. The same year, the State Government changed the name of the Brejão railway station to Álvares Machado, as a tribute to the eye surgeon and politician Francisco álves Machado e Vasconcelos (1791-1846; President of Rio Grande do Sul, 1840-1841). The district of Álvares Machado was established by Law No. 2,242 of 26 December 1927, as part of the municipality of Presidente Prudente. The municipality of Álvares Machado was established by Decree-Law No. 14,334 of 30 November 1944, being increased with territory carved from Presidente Prudente. - Municipal website

The flag of Álvares Machado is blue with a white lozenge charged with the municipal coat of arms.

The coat of arms of Álvares Machado is "An English shield bordered in black, surmounted by a mural crown. On a field azure, attributes placed with harmony recall the history and features of the town and of the municipality. The shield is placed over branches of important crops [maize and rice] and supported by the Brazilian and São Paulo State flags. Beneath the shield is placed a scroll argent inscribed with the motto 'OMNIA PÁTRIA' [All for the Fatherland] in red letters". - Municipal website

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Ivan Sache, 4 March 2013