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Pehuajo District (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina)

Partido de Pehuajó

Last modified: 2014-07-05 by francisco gregoric
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[Flag of Pehuajo]
image by Ivan Sache, 22 Jan 2014
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About the district

The District of Pehuajó (38,293 inhabitants, 29,846 in the town of Pehuajó; 453,189 ha) is located in the northwest of the Province of Buenos Aires, at the crossing of National Roads No. 5 (Buenos Aires-Santa Rosa) and No. 226 (Mar del Plata-General Villegas), 365 km from Buenos Aires. The district is made of the town of Pehuajó and of the villages of Guanaco, San Esteban (Estación Chiclana), Mones Cazón, Nueva Plata, Magdala, Francisco Madeor, and Juan José Paso.

Pehuajó is named for brook Pehuajó (in Guaraní, "a deep, muddy area impossible to cross"), located on the left bank of river Paraná, on the border between the Corrientes Province and Paraguay; the brook was the place of a bloody battle fought on 31 January 1866 against the Paraguayan Army. The 2nd Division "Buenos Aires", commanded by Colonel Emilio Conesa, was sent to Corrientes following the Paraguayan invasion. Dardo Rocha (1838-1921), member of the 5th Battalion, saved his life during the fighting thanks to Captain Calderón who offered him his horse; Rocha subsequently took the command of the battalion following the death of Commandant Keen. Once appointed Governor of Buenos Aires, Dardo Rocha founded a new settlement, which he named Pehuajó.

Pehuajó is the birth town of the poloist Andrés Gazzotti (1896-1976), Captain of the Argentine team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympic Games (1936).
Ivan Sache, 22 Jan 2014

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Description of the flag

The flag, selected on 13 June 2007 in a public contest, was designed by Martín Barzola.

The flag of Pehuajó is vertically divided into a dark blue field and a field horizontally divided celestial blue-green. In the middle of the flag is placed a circular emblem made of four yellow human silhouettes interspersed with three white shovels pointing to the center of the flag (dark blue field), of a yellow quarter of sun with eight rays (celestial blue field), and of a chamomile flower with five white petals (green field).

The left field synthetizes the motto of the contest, "Pride to be from Pehuajó". The human silhouettes arranged in a circular pattern represents the concept of "Union". The silhouettes and the shovels represents the event known as "Night of the Shovels"; during the night of 3 April 1987, the inhabitants of the town organized themselves to protect the town from a flood.

The right field uses references to the municipal coat of arms. The sun is associated with light, life and warmth. The chamomile flower represents production, the field and work, references to the enhanced potential of growth of the town.
Ivan Sache, 22 Jan 2014

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