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Esquina Department, Corrientes Province, Argentina

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[municipal flag] 3:5 image by Ivan Sache, 4 May 2017

The municipality of Esquina (26,399 inhabitants) is located on river Paraná, here the border with the Santa Fe Province, 330 km south of Corrientes.

Esquina was established on a plot offered by the postmaster Benito Lamela, who erected a chapel dedicated to St. Rita. The village was destroyed in 1839 by the Entre Rios army after the battle of Palo Largo, In 1842, Garibaldi's troops withdrew to Esquina after the battle of Costa Brava, fought 30 km southwards.
Esquina was rebuilt in 1876 north-west of its original location; Esquina was one of the most important river ports in the province in the late 19th century - early 20th century.

Esquina is home of the Pacú National Festival. Pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus (Holmberg, 1887)) is a fish native to the Paraguay-Paraná basin. - Municipal website

The flag of Esquina is vertically divided white-blue-green. The white stripe is charged with a pink flower and forms a triangle spreading until the center of the flag through the blue stripe.

The flag emphasizes the social feelings of the citizens of Esquina.
The white stripe shows in a simple way the transparent behaviour of the people of Esquina. The heraldic charge is the flower of the tree locally known as lapacho*, in its pink variety, highlighting the permanent; cordial union of the people of Esquina with the other settlers of the Corrientes Province, the tree being autochthonous to the area. The flower represents the renovation of purity every spring, succeeding the harsh winter and prefiguring the warm summer.
The blue stripe represents water of rivers Paraná and Corrientes, which, together with other local watercourses, attenuate the warm summer.
The green stripe represents Mother Nature, present everyday in Esquina and renovating its most intense colours in spring and summer, as well as friendship and the behaviour of the town of Esquina.

*The pink lapacho, aka pink ipę or pink trumpet tree, Handroanthus impetiginosus (Mart. ex DC.) Mattos), is native to Central and South America.

The process of flag adoption was initiated in 2014 by Resolution No. 309, which appointed a commission in charge of the process, the coordination being assigned to the Directorate of Culture of the municipality. The commission was allowed to establish the rules of the contest "Tu bandera, mi bandera" (Your flag, my flag) by Resolution No. 320, adopted in 2014, too. Announced on 22 October 2014, the contest yielded 23 proposals, which were assessed on 26 November 2014 by the jury; the winning design was submitted by "Junco", the Directorate of Youth of the municipality. The idea of the design is credited to Valerio Traverso, 20-years old.
The flag was eventually adopted by Ordinance No. 5, adopted in 2016.

[municipal flag] 1:2 image by Ivan Sache, 4 May 2017

The flag is represented in proportions 1:2 in the municipal website, while the drawing unveiled during the proclamation of the results is in proportions 2:3.


Ivan Sache/i>, 4 May 2017