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Carpina, Pernambuco (Brazil)

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Carpina, PE (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 2 May 2011

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Vertical triband, blue-white-blue, ratio 1-2-1, with the municipal logo centerd.

No official website found. The flag is shown at which seems to be an unofficial portal site about Carpina.
Dirk Schönberger, 2 May 2011

The municipality of Carpina (75,706 inhabitants in 2010; 146 sq. km) is located in the Pernambuco Forest area, 60 km of Recife. Carpina was settled in the second half of the 17th century by lumberjacks. The town is said to have been named in the 19th century for a carpenter ("carpinteiro") called Martinho Francisco de Andrade Lima, who lived in a flat place ("châ"), quickly renamed by the local muleteers Châ do Carpina. Located close to the provincial capital in a healthy climate, the village developed with the building of two sugar mills. Châ do Carpina was renamed Floresta dos Leões (lit., "The Lions' Forest") by Municipal Law No. 12 of 15 September 1901. The name is a tribute to João Souto Mayor, the leader of the Pernambuco Revolution held in 1817; he was nicknamed the Tejucupapo Lion and his supporters, "the northern lions", hid near Châ do Carpina after a fighting against the government's troops. The tradition says that Dr. Francisco de Assis Chateaubriand Bandeira de Melo asked President of the Republic Afonso Pena the permission to change the name of the place during a presidential visit in northeastern Brazil. The President agreed and contributed to the erection of the bronze statue representing a lion, inaugurated on 7 September 1909. The municipality of Carpina was established by State Law No. 1,931 of 11 September 1928. State Decree-Law No. 952 of 31 December 1943 reallocated parts of the new municipality to Paudalho.

The flag of Carpina was adopted for the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the political emancipation of the municipality. Designed by Luiz Gomes Correia, the flag was inaugurated on 11 September 1973. The coat of arms is of colonial type, preferred in Brazil. The 1st quarter shows a wall and crowns recalling the old names of the town, Chã do Carpina and Floresta dos Leões. The second quarter shows a lion passant symbolizing the autonomy and courage of the founders of the town. The 3rd quarter shows a cross representing the firmness of the Christian faith. The 4th quarter shows a saw recalling the founder "O Carpina" (The Carpenter). The scroll is inscribed with the town's motto, "Ad maiora quotidie" (Every day better).

Ivan Sache, 1 March 2012