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Distrito Federal, Mexico

Ciudad de México / Mexico City

Last modified: 2005-09-24 by juan manuel gabino villascán
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Note: The Distrito Federal (Mexico City) has no official flag, but one in white charged with the coat of arms is used in offical departments.

Distrito Federal unofficial white flag 4:7[Non-official proportions]
[Defacto flag]
[One or more variants under the same basic design]
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 06, 2001.
See: Coat of arms on white background: unofficial flags

See also:

Presentation of Distrito Federal

  • Official name: Distrito Federal
  • Location: Center-South of Mexico. It neighbors the Mexican States of México (W, E, N), and Morelos (S).
  • Area: 1,499 km2
  • Delegations: 16
  • Population: 8'605,239 inhabitants (2000)
  • Capital: Mexico City (Pop.: 8'605,239 [2000])
  • Created as Headquarters of the Supreme Powers: November 18, 1824
  • Arms adopted: December 17, 1523, by Royal Document (Cédula Real) signed in Valladolid, Spain, on July 4, 1523.

Reported by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, October 06, 2001.

Status of Distrito Federal:

The status of the Distrito Federal is defined in the articles 43 and 44 of the Mexican Constitution:

Art. 43:

The integrant parts of the Federation are the States of Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, (...), Zacatecas and Distrito Federal.

Art. 44:

Mexico City is the Distrito Federal, headquarters of the Powers of the Union and Capital of the United Mexican States. It is made up by the territory it currently has, and in the case the Powers of the Union move to another place, the State of the Valle de México (Valley of Mexico) will be created, with borders and area appointed by the Congress.

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 08, 2001

Coat of arms

Distrito Federal coat of arms Variant - this COA is one of several 
which can be used under the same basic design
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 06, 2001.

Description of the arms:

"...Charles V, Emperor of Spain, issued a Royal Document signed in Valladolid on July 4, 1523, and come into effect on December 17, to replay the petition of Representatives of New Spain Francisco de Montejo and Alonso Fernández Portocarrero, who asked the Emperor granted to the City a coat of arms to be used on pennants, seals, and other places, like those used in Spain..."

Such Document says:

"...they shall have as arms a blue shield, like the water, standing for the the great lake, on which such a city was founded , and a golden castle in middle, and three bridges of stone going toward the castle, on each bridge in both sides of the castle a lion rampant (...) ten green cactus leafs with their thorns on gold border the shield (...) Such arms granted to you are able to be use on pennants, seals and flags (...)"

Originally the arms had neither mantling, crest, nor other elements in addition to those established by the Royal Document, disapointed both the Conquerors and New-Spaniards. Subsequently the arms were added a crown as crest and a mantling, but such elements were rejected by the New-Spain people who topped the arms with an eagle (usually eating a snake) standing on a cactus three.

Juan Palafox y Mendoza, Bishop of Puebla, and Viceroy of New Spain, ordered by Decree of August 12, 1642, that all represetations of the indigenous icon were removed from the City arms and "... replaced by either an image of Our Lady, an angel with a Cross, or images resemble the Catholic faith such as the Wafer and Cup...". Even the Decree the usage of the idigenous emblem extended over all the New Spain.

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, June 2, 2001

Mexico City historical flags and coat of arms