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Muitos Capões, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Muitos Capões (2,988 inhabitants in 2010; 11,931 ha) is located 200 km of Porto Alegre.

Muitos Capões emerged around the chapel dedicated to St. Anthony of Muitos Capões, erected on a plot offered by Manuel Martins de Barros and his wife, Polidora Barros, and consecrated on 13 June 1901.
The district of Muitos Capões was established by Municipal Act No. 52 issued on 18 October 1917.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 31 July 2020


The flag of Muitos Capões is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 15 promulgated on 28 May 1997.

Article 1.
The flag of the municipality of Muitos Capões shall have for official colors green, white and red, and shall be composed of three panels, inspired by the design of the flag of Rio Grande do Sul and the colors of the flag of Portugal, representing:
a) Green (vert): a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, and abundance; green is also the symbol of hope, as the mountains and greening fields in spring promising profuse harvests.
b) White is a symbol of peace, friendship, integration, work and community harmony.
c) Red (gules) is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance.

Article 2.
The flag shall obey the following rules.
I. The flag shall be composed of three panels; green, white and red in usual shades, green and red forming two right-angled triangles and white a quadrilateral ascending between the two triangles, the green triangle's right angle being placed in the flag's upper left corner and the red triangle's right angle in the flag's lower right corner.
II. The flag shall feature in the center a white panel charged with the municipal coat of arms.

Article 3.
I. The flag's width shall be of 14 units.
II. The flag's length shall be of 20 units.
III. The coat of arms shall have a width of 7 units, leaving 3 units above and beneath it.
IV. The lesser side of the green right-angled triangle, placed on left top, shall be exactly of 7 units. This holds true for the lesser side of the red right-angled triangle, placed on right bottom.
V. The lesser sides of the ascending white quadrilater&l placed between the two right-angled triangles shall also be of 7 units.
Leis Municipais database

The coat of arms of Muitos Capões is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 14 promulgated on 28 May 1997.

Article 1.
A classical Flemish-Iberian shield surmounted by a mural crown argent with six towers, four visible. In base a field vert (green) symbolizing Campos de Cima de Serra, charged with river Saltinho that crosses the municipality and a bovine, representing cattle-breeding. In the center, a stylized capão [isolated group of trees], the municipality's namesake. In chief's center, a field gules (red) charged with the symbol of food industry. Dexter on a field argent, a Brazilian pine symbolizing the native forests. Sinister, a red-spectacled amazon, symbolizing the municipality's ecology. The shield supported dexter and sinister by maize and apple proper. Beneath the shield a scroll gules (red) inscribed in letters argent (silver) the toponym "MUITOS CAPÕES" surrounded by date "29/12" and year "1995".

The coat of arms has the following symbolic interpretation:
a) The classical Flemish-Iberian shield, used to represent the arms of Muitos Capões, originating from Germany and primarily introduced to Spain during the struggle against the Moors, was subsequently introduced to Portugal, namely to represent arms of domains, and eventually adopted by Brazilian heraldry to evoke the colonizing race and main builder of the nation;
b) The mural crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of coat of arms of domains; or with six towers, four visible in perspective, it classifies the town as of third rank or municipal seat. The port gules (red) represent the proper qualities of the leaders of the community;
c) Argent (silver) is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity and religious feeling.
d) The shield features in the center a stylized capão, the symbol and main geographical characteristic of the municipality and its namesake.
e) The base vert (green) recalls Campos de Cima da Serra, crossed by a fess azure (blue) representing the municipality's main river, the Saltinho. The green field is charged with a bovine, representing the important production sector and the municipality's rural origins.
f) Vert (green) is a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, abundance; green also represents hope as the greening fields in spring promising profuse harvests.
Dexter on a field argent (silver), a Brazilian pine symbolizes the region's native forests. Sinister a red-spectacled amazon recalls that the municipality maintains the biggest reserve for this bird in Rio Grande do Sul.
g) In chief's center, on a field gules (red) is featured the symbol of food industry, recalling the potential of increase of the region's economic activity by its important production sector.
h) The outer ornaments recall the main products of the generous and fertile soil, apple and maize.
i) On a scroll gules (red), in letters argent (silver), the identifying toponym "MUITOS CAPÕES" surrounded by "29/12", the day of creation of the municipality, and "1995", its year of political emancipation.
Leis Municipais database

Ivan Sache, 31 July 2020