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Quatro Pontes, Paraná (Brazil)

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[Flag of Quatro Pontes, PR (Brazil)] image by Dirk Schönberger, 18 September 2011
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A tricolor per reduced bend, blue-white-red, with a central disk containing the municipal arms.

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Dirk Schönberger, 18 September 2011

The municipality of Quatro Pontes (3,646 inhabitants; 114 sq. km) is located in western Paraná, 480 km of Curitiba. According to its Human Development Index (0.851), Quatro Pontes is the second most developed town in Paraná after Curitiba. On 20 September 2010, a grandstand collapsed during a car race organized in Quatro Pontes, injuring more than 100 spectators. Quatro Pontes was established in the 1950s by the Toledo-based "Industrial Madeireira Colonizadora Rio Paraná - S/A Maripá", which promoted colonization to exploit the timber resources. In 1945, the company purchased property rights from the English "Madera del Alto Paraná" company and established colonists from Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, mostly of German (90% of the today's inhabitants are of German origin) and Italian origin. Quatro Pontes was established by Municipal Law No. 31 of 31 July 1962 as one of the nine districts of the newly formed municipality of Marechal Cândido Rondon. In the 1970s, agriculture was mechanized and soybean, associated with maize and wheat, superseded coffee as the local main crop; no longer suitable, the 25-ha plots originally allocated to the first settlers were grouped in bigger estates, causing the exile of the smallholders to Paraguay, Mato Grosso and Rondônia. The municipality of Quatro Pontes was established by State Law No. 9,368 of 13 September 1990, after a plebiscite held on 24 March 1990, and inaugurated on 1 January 1993.

The flag of Quatro Pontes was designed by Mrs Clarice Ana De Souza, the winner of a public contest. The flag is with proportions 14:20, tierced per bend, from top to bottom, blue, white and red. The blue triangle [deemed isosceles, which it is not] represents the infinite sky covering the municipality and the serenity of its inhabitants. The red triangle [deemed isosceles, which it is not, either] represents the pioneers' courage, struggle and work. The white diagonal stripe represents work, peace unity and religious feeling. In the middle of the flag is placed a disk depicting a rural landscape, the tractor, representing agriculture. In the central right part of the disk is placed an escutcheon, "Quarterly, 1. Or two stars argent per bend sinister, 2. Gules a chimney argent, 3. Gules a branch vert; 4. Argent an open book or". The stars are of (slightly) different size, the biggest (dexter) representing Paraná and the smallest (sinister) representing the municipality. The chimney represents the existing and future industries. The branches represent the main crops in the municipality. The book represents education, culture and religious faith. Green symbolizes the local forests and fields. Yellow symbolizes richness. Red symbolizes he pioneers' courage, struggle and work [as on the flag], and patriotic love, as well.

The flag is hoisted in front of the town hall.  - Photo
Ivan Sache, 25 February 2012