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Tucumán province (Argentina)

Last modified: 2005-11-12 by francisco gregoric
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[Tucuman flag]
by Jaume Ollé and António Martins, 15 Apr 2002
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Description of the flag

According to, The provincial flag was established in 1955.
Jaume Ollé, 29 Jul 2001

I received today very good image full color of the provincial flag of Tucumán. They have blue background, white cross, a house named "Casita", a sun, two diferent wreaths, and two numeral inscriptions in diferent sides. I’m searching for the legal regulation.
Jaume Ollé, 15 Aug 1999

Flag repelled in 1999?

At we can found an article about the change of the provincial flag under pression of the religious minories (specially jewish) because the flag bear a great white cross. Is true that a law for supress the flag was send to the assembly in 1999 and I dont know that happened later.
Jaume Ollé, 29 Jul 2001

In the "Breves" (News in brief) section of the electronic Diario de Cuyo, 28 June 2005, we learn that various political sectors have asked Governor José Alperovich to organize a plebiscite on the provincial flag, whose cross is considered as discriminatory by non-Christian religious groups.
Ivan Sache, 2 Jul 2005

The flag is legally talking «the official Flag of the Province of Tucumán», but it is (almost) not officially used in the province by the provincial government nowadays. However while some groups of citizens do want to change it, some other groups of citizens use it and want to keep it.
Francisco Gregoric, 6 Nov 2005

Other provincial emblems

Provincial logo

[Logo of Tucuman]
by Jaume Ollé, 10 Sep 2000

Federal Republic of Tucumán (1819-1821)

[Tucuman FedRep flag]
by Jaume Ollé, 24 Jul 2003

On 11 November 1819 in San Miguel de Tucumán, two officiers, Abraham González and Felipe Heredia, led a revolt against governor Feliciano de la Mota, that was partisan of the centralism directed by Buenos Aires government. They take the power and bear to government the general Bernabé Araoz, autonomist, but that denied contacts with Artigas, the federalist caudillo of the Northeast

A new flag was adopted in unknown date, probably at start of 1820 because it was already quoted in a declaration by Araoz dated 22 March 1820. The colors meant (according Araoz) energy and constance, union and concorde. Antonio Zinny quoted the directorial band. Martiniano Leguizamón denied the existence of flag and arms. David Prando has attested a simple seal, and he found another more elaborate seal in the Buenos Aires Archives. A seal in lacre appears in a document where José Pío Cisneros is designed as colonel of the militias on 25 May 1820. The flag is reproduced in this seal.

In the seal, that is a kind of arms, the Mount Aconquija (characteristic point of the province) appears. (Also, there are) palms, two halebards, and a flag of two horizontal stripes, red over blue (meaning federalism and freedom). Also in the seal there is the motto: «República Federal del Tucumán» (Federal Republic of Tucumán).

When Araoz take official posesion of the charge, on 19 or 20 May 1820, he used a band, no doubt based on this flag. The republic was short lived. War with Salta, and rivality between Araoz and Javier López (another provincial leader), and the separation of Catamarca and Santiago del Estero (I assume that were part of Tucumán before 1820) moved Abraham González to other coup d’etat. Araoz was deposed on 29 August 1821 (he fell) and the republic was abolished. González self proclaimed governor with the benediction of Buenos Aires. The flag disapeared with Araoz.

Source: David Prando’s article in Banderas 86 [pdo02]

Jaume Ollé, 24 Jul 2003