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Cabo Rojo (Puerto Rico)

Last modified: 2004-08-07 by dov gutterman
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by Phil Nelson , 26 January 2000

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This city of 39,887 inhabitants was founded in 1779. The explanation of the flag is a bit long, so here is a short digest. It refers to the royal Navarran lineage of the Ramírez [Rami'rez] de Arellano family, the French colours of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity (transmitted through Santo Domingo and an eminent son of the city, don Ramón [Ramo'n] Emeterio Betances), those same colours which were hoisted elsewhere in Puerto-Rico as a symbol of liberty for former slaves, in Mayagüez [Mayagu"ez] and Lares. The point (red triangle) symbolizes the Cape ["Cabo"] and the colour of the vio Colón [Colo'n], the shape retaining its heraldical symbolism of rectitude. The blue and white refer to the surrounding sea, the old ports and inlets, exploits from maritime wars, pirates, fishing, merchant ships.
Thanh-Tâm Le, 13 January 1999

The top flag is based on site (Not available at the moment). On lexjuris site there is the comment "La bandera de Cabo Rojo deriva sus colores y el mismo simbolismo del escudo de su pueblo" - (the flag is derived from the Coat of Arms) -the Coat of Arms has the triangle based on the bottom and the point not reaching the top. Cabo Rojo is in Mayaguez district, southwest Puerto Rico
Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2000

The comment says that flag, as well as its symbolism (i.e. its meaning) comes from the Coat of Arms.
Nicolas Rucks , 26 January 2000

Cabo Rojo - The flag derives its design, colors and symbolism from the municipal Coat of Arms.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 6 April 2001

Reported WRONG Flag

by Thanh-Tâm Le, 13 January 1999

The top flag is based on site (defunct) . The triangle does not reach the fly as at Thanh-Tâm Le image which is based on the lexjuris site. I think the flag at the site is correct.
Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2000

Coat of Arms

by Nelson Román, 5 August 2004

The main colors of the shield - blue, red and silver - refer to the fundamental aspects of the life of two eminent caborrojeños; Don Nicolás Ramírez de Arellano and Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances. These three colors are latent as much in the coat of arms of the Ramírez de Arellano lineage as in the symbols of the ideals of Betances. They constituted in the second instance, the chromatic representation of the principles of freedom, applied by Betances to all human beings. The point or red triangle symbolizes the "cabo bermejo" (cape bermejo) in Los Morillos. The blue and white, with the anchors, represent the sea that bathes our coasts. The flaming sword, is an attribute to San Miguel de Arcángel, patron of the town. Finally, the crown, which heightens and distinguishes the shield, stands for the status of municipality.
Nelson Román, 5 August 2004