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Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Gavião Peixoto, SP (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 2 April 2013

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The municipality of Gavião Peixoto (4,420 inhabitants in 2010; 24,371 ha) is located in central São Paulo State, 300 km of São Paulo.

Gavião Peixoto was established in 1908 near the Gavião Peixoto railway station, inaugurated the same year by "Estradas de Ferro do Dourado" on land once belonging to the Gavião Peixoto estate. The old colonial nucleus was divided into Gavião Peixoto, Nova Paulicéia and Nova Europa. The seat of the newly established district was soon transferred from Nova Paulicéia to Gavião Peixoto. The municipality of Gavião Peixoto was established on 27 December 1995.

The EMBRAER Gavião Peixoto Unit was set up following an agreement signed on 28 June 2000 by the aircraft manufacturer EMBRAER ("Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica"), the municipality of Gavião Peixoto and the São Paulo State. Inaugurated in October 2001, the Unit employs 1,800 workers to the final assembling of aircrafts for the Air Force of the Navy. The Gavião Peixoto airfield has a 4,967 m long track, the longest in South America and the third longest in the world. - Town's portal (unofficial)

The symbols of Gavião Peixoto were designed by Lauro Ribeiro Escobar.

The flag is blue with a yellow, off-centered cross. Over the intersection of the cross' arms is placed a white disk charged with the municipal coat of arms. The dimensions of the flag are 14 units x 20 units. The width of the cross' arms is 3 units. The vertical arms of the cross is placed 7 units from the flag's hoist. The diameter of the disk is 10 units. The height of the coat of arms is 9 units.

White is a symbol of peace and harmony. Blue and yellow have the same meaning as azure and or on the coat of arms. The cross is a symbol of faith. The disk is a symbol of eternity, being a geometrical figure without either a beginning or an end. It also symbolizes the aspiration of the town to never-ending municipal autonomy. - Town's portal (unofficial)

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The coat of arms, adopted on 26 December 2001, is "An Iberian shield, azure a thunderbolt and a wing crossed per saltire surrounded by two cogwheels all or a base of the same charged with a fess wavy of the first a chief chequy or an gules of 2 x 7. The shield surmounted by an eight-towered mural crown argent ports sable. The shield supported dexter by a sugarcane and sinister by a branch of orange tree the two proper. Beneath the shield a scroll azure inscribed with the municipality's name in letters or."

The Iberian shield, used in Portugal at the time of discovery of Brazil, evokes the first colonizers and builders of the nation. Azure is a symbol of justice, beauty, sweetness, nobleness, perseverance, zeal, loyalty, incorruptible firmness, glory and virtue. The thunderbolt is a symbol of power; it represents electricity produced on the municipal territory. The wing recalls that the aircraft manufacturer Embraer is at the origin of the industrialization of the municipality, represented by the cogwheels. Or is a symbol of splendour, glory, wealth, power, force, faith, nobleness, generosity and prosperity. The base recalls that the resources of the subsoil are the main source of income for the municipality, together with electricity and industry. The fess wavy represents the water resources in the municipality, especially river Jacaré-Guaçu. The chief is made of the attribute of the coat of arms of the Peixoto family, making the arms canting. The mural crown is a symbol of municipal emancipation; the open ports are a symbol of hospitality. The sugar cane and the branches of orange tree highlight the fertility of the soil. - Town's portal (unofficial)

The first coat of arms was designed on 15 November 1996 by Alexandre Marucci Bastos. - Town's portal (unofficial)

Ivan Sache, 2 April 2013