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Coahuila de Zaragoza (Mexico)

Estado Libre y Soberano de Coahuila de Zaragoza

Last modified: 2019-12-27 by juan manuel gabino villascán
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Arms of Coahuila de Zaragoza on white background [One or more variants under the same basic design]
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Armorial flag adopted: 20 May 2005. Decree number 383 published on the same date.
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 12 November 2004.
Coat of arms from: Banco de México


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Presentation of Coahuila de Zaragoza

  • Official name (Spanish): Estado Libre y Soberano de Coahuila de Zaragoza
  • Official name (English): Free and Sovereign State of Coahuila de Zaragoza
  • Short-form names: State of Coahuila de Zaragoza; Coahuila de Zaragoza; State of Coahuila; Coahuila
  • Location: North of Mexico. It neighbors the States of Chihuahua (W), Durango (SW), Zacatecas (S), Nuevo León (E), and the United States of America (N).
  • Area: 151 571 km2
  • Municipalities: 38
  • Population: 2 961 708 inhabitants (2015)
  • Capital: Saltillo (Pop.: 725 123 [2010])
  • Statehood: 5 February 1857
  • Arms first adopted: 23 October 1942, by Decree 178.
  • Flag (armorial): 20 May 2005. Decree number 383 published on the same date

Armorial flag

Arms of Coahuila de Zaragoza on white background [One or more variants under the same basic design]
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Armorial flag adopted: 20 May 2005. Decree number 383 published on the same date.
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 12 November 2004.
Coat of arms from: Banco de México

The State of Coahuila has not adopted a distinctive flag so far, but article seventh of the "Law on the coat of arms of the State of Coahuila and the Coahuilan Anthem" estates:

"When the arms of Coahuila is reproduced on a flag it must be done in such a way that it is visible on both sides."

The current Law does not clarify what “on a flag” exactly means. It doesn’t establish color of the field, the ratio, nor the size of the coat of arms on it. So, thecnically the coat of arms could be placed on any-color field as son as the coat of arms is reproduced on both sides. Notwithstanding, the flag mostly used is of white.

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 13 December 2019.


Coat of arms

[Coahuila de Zaragoza coat of arms
by Banco de México
Posted by: Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 2 September 2005.

The coat of arms was adopted by official decree number 178 on 23 October 1942. Such decree was repealed by the one number 383 published on 20 May 2005 establishing the Ley sobre el escudo del Estado de Coahuila y el himno Coahuilense (Law on the coat of arms of the State of Coahuila and the Coahuilan anthem).

The article fourth of the current law provides the full description of the coat of arms, while the fifth one features the relevant image, that is that shown in this site.

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 13 December 2019.


Historical flags

    State of Coahuila y Tejas in 1836

[Coahuila and Texas in 1836] [Reconstruction based upon written sources only]
Christ Pinette, July 21, 2000.

This is the flag of the state of Coahuila y Tejas used in the 1820s and 1830s. It uses the Mexican tricolor and two stars to represent the regions of Coahuila and Tejas. Col. Juan Almonte, aid to Santa Ana, states in his journal entry about the Siege and Battle of the Alamo : "the enemy, as soon as the march of the division was seen, hoisted the tri-colored flag with two stars, designed to represent Coahuila and Texas". The Mexican officer and engineer Carlos Sanchez-Navarro, who participated in the siege of the Alamo in Mar 1836 in his memoirs, La Guerra de Tejas, Memorias de un Soldado, shows in a illustration the flag of Coahuila y Tejas flying over the Alamo. There is some disagreement over the color of the stars. Different sources have the stars as gold, green, or blue.
Reported by Chris Pinette, July 21, 2000.


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