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Turbo (Antioquia, Colombia)

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image by Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

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The municipality of Turbo (124,552 inhabitants in 2018; 30,550 ha) is located on the Gulf of Urabá, 350 km north of Medellín, on the border with Panamá.

The foundation of the town of Turbo was ordered on 28 August 1840 by President José Ignacio de Márquez. Turbo was erected a parish district in 1847 by President Tomás Cipriano de Mosquera.
Turbo was incorporated in 1848 to the Antioquia department, to be transferred in 1850 to Chocó and in 1856 to El Cauca state. Turbo was eventually re-incorporated to Antioquia by Law No. 17 promulgated on 10 April 1905.
Turbo is connected by sea with Cartagena, Panamá and Colón, and by river Atrato with Quibdó. Voyage to Medellín required 15 days to one month on a muleteer's trail. The Sea Rod, initiated in 1926 and inaugurated in 1954 by General Rojas Pinilla, eventually allowed terrestrial communication and boosted the development of Turbo.
The port of Turbo is a main spot of banana exportation.
Municipal website


The flag of Turbo is horizontally divided yellow-green-celestial blue.


The descriptive text translates as follows.

The colors of the flag of Turbo - yellow, green and blue - were proposed in the 1970s by the Basketball Municipal Committee presided by Edwin Mathos. The Committee urgently needed a symbol of the town, whose team had to represent the municipality in a competition organized in Frontino. Mrs. Adalgiza Uribe, wife of the President, was commissioned to sew the first copy of the flag.
The flag was made official by Agreement No. 23 issued by the municipality on 10 August 1990.

The yellow stripe represents the municipality's sources of income: bananas, plantains, cattle, and the coal and oil underground reserves.
The green stripe represents the plant and animal ecological biodiversity, recognized as among the richest on the Earth.
The blue stripe represents Gulf of Urabá, which yielded to Turbo the nickname "Antioquia's best place" for its privileged geostrategic location, and its deep-water port.
Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

image by Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

A copy of the flag had stripes in relative proportions 2:1:1 and a much darker shade of blue, matching those of the national flag.

Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

Flag of the Municipal Council

image by Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

The Municipal Council uses the flag charged in the center with the coat of arms surrounded by a tricolor ring inscribed "MUNICIPIO DE TURBO".


Ivan Sache
, 12 December 2020

Coat of Arms

image located by Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

The coat of arms of Turbo was designed by Denis González Leal, winner of a contest organized in 1997 by the Cultural Extension Service.

In the upper part is featured a black-bellied whistling duck (Dendrocygne autumnalis Linnaeus, 1758), locally known as pisisí. Turbo was originally named Pisisí, a translation from the Kuna name Mirtysukon, meaning "Pisisí Bay".
In the lower part is featured a crab, Turbo's gastronomical symbol. The crab holds the flag of Turbo that surrounds the shield and, in base, "1840", Turbo's foundation year.
The central oval surrounds a "trasmayo" fishing net filled with fish, representing Turbo's fishing tradition, in front of the Gulf of Urabá and river Atrato, the municipality's great fishing resources.
The tri-ethnic man represents the three ethnicities living in the municipality: Emberá Katío and Kuna; Afro-Latinos, Afro-Caribbeans and Afro-Colombians from Chocó; and "cachacos" coming from Colombia's central regions.
The banana leaves recall the source of income of the municipality's smallholders.
The sun going down refers to Darién, a Kuna world meaning "west, sundown", referring to the native inhabitants of the western coast of the Gulf of Urabá.
Municipal website