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Hermigua (Municipality, Canary Islands, Spain)

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Flag of Hermigua, two versions - Images by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 March 2010

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Symbols of Hermigua

The flag of Hermigua is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 23 October 2000 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 3 November 2000 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 145, pp. 16,952-16,953 (text). Two proposals were submitted on 17 May 2000 by the Municipal Council to the Heraldry Commission of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, which selected a design on 9 June 2000. The proposal was eventually validated on 30 June 2000 by the Municipal Council.
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular panel [...], whose length is 1.5 time the height. Made of three vertical stripes of equal size, the first, at hoist, yellow, the central, blue, and the third, at fly, green. When the flag is charged with the municipal coat of arms, the arms should be placed in the mdidle of the flag, with a height of 2/3 of the flag's hoist.
The rationale for the choice of the colours is the following:
Yellow: Representing the papal tiara shown on the municipal coat of arms, which represents there the old chapel and convent dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle, built by the Order of St. Dominic in the Hermigua valley.
Blue: Referring to the three brooks whose water fertilizes the valley, also represented on the municipal coat of arms.
Green: Representing the agricultural character of the municipality, whose valley is one of the most productive, specially in sugar, cane honey and brandy.

The flag seen on 11 February 2011 at the Town Hall is charged with the coat of arms.

The coat of arms of Hermigua is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 7 February 1958. The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules a papal tiara [or] superimposed to two keys the one or and the other argent, 2. Vert three brooks argent merging in a single one sinister a building argent, a bordure argent charged with four caldrons sable and four pairs of sugarcanes vert crossed per saltire. The shield surmounted by a Count's coronet.

According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the 1st quarter represents the oration of St. Peter, the patron saint of a chapel and a convent once built by the Order of Dominicans on the heights of Hermiga. The 2nd quarter shows the brooks flowing through the valley, the building representing a former sugar mill located in Carrasco. The caldrons and the sugarcanes also recall the old sugar industry. The crown symbolizes the rule of the Counts of La Gomera over the municipality.

Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 12 March 2010