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Quintana Roo, Mexico

Free and Sovereign State of Quintana Roo [Estado Libre y Soberano de Quintana Roo]

Last modified: 2017-08-04 by juan manuel gabino villascán
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[Flag of Quintana Roo] [One or more variants under the same basic design]
[Civil and State flag]
  [Coat of arms of Quintana Roo]
Official flag of Quintana Roo
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán
Coat of arms by Quintana Roo government,
2 March 2014
    State coat of arms

Coat of arms adopted: 16 March 1978, revised on 15 December 1993, 16 July 2008, and 25 February 2011.
Flag adopted: 8 October 2013
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Presentation of Quintana Roo

  • Official name: Free and Sovereign State of Quintana Roo [Estado Libre y Soberano de Quintana Roo]
  • Short-form names: State of Quintana Roo [Estado de Quintana Roo] ; Quintana Roo.
  • Location: The less-populated Mexican State lies on the Yucatan Peninsula, SW of Mexico. Quintana Roo comprises the beautiful islands of Cozumel and Mujeres in the Caribbean Sea, world-famous tourist resorts like Cancún, Chetumal, Punta Allen, and interesting archeological places such as Tulum, Cobá, Xcaret, El Rey, Muyil, San Gervasio, Xel-Ha. It neighbors the Mexican States of Yucatán (NE), and Campeche (SE). Both, the Gulf of Mexico (N) and the Caribbean Sea bathe the Quintana Roo coast. To the South the State limits Belize.
  • Area: 39,376 km2
  • Municipalities: 10
  • Population: 874,963 inhabitants
  • Capital: Chetumal, municipality of Othón P. Blanco (Pop.: 116,000)
  • Statehood: 8 October 1974
  • Arms adopted: 16 March 1978, revised on 15 December 1993, 16 July 2008, and 25 February 2011
  • Flag adopted: 8 October 2013

INEGI and SEP
Reported by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, October 06, 2001.


The flag

Flag of Quintana Roo adopted in 2011
by Quintana Roo government and Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 4 March 2014.

The flag of the state of Quintana Roo consists in a "white rectangle whose center bears the state's coat of arms which is placed in a area equivalent to one third of the rectangle's width and lenght. The rectangle is proportioned four to seven". [Ley sobre la bandera del estado de Quintana Roo, art. 3rd]. The flag was adopted on 8 october 2013, during the 39th anniversary of statehood [see: Chetumal Se iza por primera vez la Bandera de Quintana Roo / "Se iza por primera vez la bandera de Quintana Roo" / "Izan por primera vez la bandera de Quintana Roo" / "Iza el gobernador Roberto Borge Angulo por vez primera la bandera de Quintana Roo"]. The flag, with the corresponding variations in the coat of arms, had been de-facto used by government both federal and state since the 1980's.
Reported and traslated by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 4 March 2014.


Coat of arms

    2011-

Coat of arms of Quintana Roo adopted in 2011
by Quintana Roo government, 4 March 2014.


    2008-2011

Coat of arms of Quintana Roo adopted in 2008
by Quintana Roo government, 4 March 2014.


    1993-2008

Coat of arms of Quintana Roo adopted in 1993
by Quintana Roo government, 4 March 2014.


This shield is of modern origin, I have not been able to establish its age, but is seems to be made about 1950-1960. I keep looking.

Upper left: Red is the Mayan color for the East, and Quintana Roo is the easternmost Mexican state. That [something] or is a sea conch, seen by the side and stylized in an indigenous fashion, which is a symbol of the geographical position of Quinta Roo as the only Mexican state facing the Caribbean Sea and its economic dependence on tourism. Upper right: The argent star over blue is Venus, the morning star, again because Quintana Roo is the easternmost Mexican state. Lower: The three [somethings] in sable are three green trees growing over a green piece of forest, for tropical woods are the main historical wealth of the state (timber, tints, rubber, chewing gum, same as neighbouring Campeche state and Belize). The background or has a double meaning, for the forest riches and for yellow is the Mayan color for the South. Upper crest: The sun is rising, for Quintana Roo is the first piece of Mexican territory receiving the morning light. The sun used to have seven rays, for there were seven municipalities in 1974 when Quintana Roo, youngest Mexican state, was created from a scarcely populated federal territory. Now the Quintana Roo government uses an eight-ray sun for there was created a new municipality, Solidaridad (capital: Playa del Carmen), a piece of mainland coastline that belonged to the Cozumel island municipality but was complicated to govern because of the 20 km of sea that separated Playa del Carmen from its municipal authorities. We can expect that the rising sun will have many more rays in the coming years, for Quintana Roo is growing fastly. You may have not heard about Quintana Roo, but surely you have about Cancún, its biggest city.

Gerardo Kloss, August 3, 2000.


    1974-1993

Coat of arms of Quintana Roo adopted in 1974
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 6 May 2001.


In 1902 the current territory of Quintana Roo was separated from Yucatan to form the Federal Territory of Quintana Roo. The Sovereign Free State was created on 8 October 1974, being Governor Attorney David G. Gutiérrez Ruiz. Until then, Quinta Roo has distinctive arms. In the Quintana Roo coat of arms are represented the State's main geographical features: warm climate (stylized sun on red), cloudless sky (star on blue field), and thick vegetation. The crest is a rising sun for Quintana Roo is the far-eastern Mexican State, then where the Mexican day begins.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, January 20, 2002.


Proposal flag of Quintana Roo

Proposal flag of Quintana Roo
by António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 November 2016.

This is a proposed flag for Quintana Roo State based in its arms. Some time ago it was reported (even in this list If I don’t remember wrong) as a semi official.
Jaume Ollé 28 February 2015.


Based on the photo, I made the image shown above. I think this is a good design, in broad vexillographic terms, although this particular rendering feels unskilled: Surely it would work better with a less oblong ratio, exact triangles, and bigger charges.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 November 2016.


On April 15, 2016 I saw this flag (flag on the left in this source) during an audience of the Tribunal Electoral de Quintana Roo (TEQROO) (Electoral Tribunal of Quintana Roo). The article is dated April 6, 2016 and the location is in the town of Chetumal. After looking at the symbols of Chetumal (coat of arms at Wikipedia; Flag at Wikipedia), the flag in the picture is most certainly that of Quintana Roo. It features the coat of arms over a white horizontal flag. For additional information go to Quintana Roo official website
Esteban Rivera, 19 November 2016.


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