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Salto do Jacuí, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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Salto do Jacuí, RS (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 19 March 2012

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The municipality of Salto do Jacuí (12,426 inhabitants in 2018; 50, 770 ha) is located 300 km north-west of Porto Alegre.

Ivan Sache, 4 August 2020


Five radiating broad stripes, white-blue-yellow-green-white, the two white stripes only present as triangles in the upper and lower hoist bearing the municipal arms in a round-cornered rectangle in the centre.
Dirk Schönberger, 19 March 2012

 The flag and arms of Salto do Jacuí are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 47 promulgated on 4 May 1984.

Article 2.
The coat of arms of the municipality shall obey the following shape and description.

A Portuguese shield, divided into three parts by three lines starting from its center, one vertical line up to the shield's upper edge and two perpendicularly descending lines, forming three irregular fields.
Dexter on a field or (yellow) representing resources in energy, an electricity pylon. Sinister on a field vert (green) representing the fields, a bovine representing cattle-breeding. In base, on a field azure (blue), representing water resources, a gem symbolizing the municipality's mining potential.
Beneath the shield a scroll azure inscribed "SALTO DO JACUÍ 12 MAIO 1982", the date of political emancipation of the municipality.
The shield surmounted dexter, tangentially to the scroll, by a soybean plant vert and sinister, also tangentially to the scroll, by a wheat plant or, which represent the municipality's main crops.
The shield surmounted by a five-towered black mural crown.

Article 4.
The flag of the municipality of Salto do Jacuí has for official colors white, blue, yellow, green and white, arranged in this order and forming two right-angled triangles and three fanning stripes, representing:
a) White, the people's message of peace;
b) Blue, the community's confidence in a successful economical and social future;
c) Yellow, the resources of agriculture and cattle-breeding;
d) Green, aspiration to a better understanding between world's peoples.
In the flag's center shall be placed the coat of arms of the municipality.

Article 5.
The features of the flag obey the following rules.
I. The flag's with is 12 units.
II. The flag's length is 18 units.
III. The blue, yellow and green stripes fan from the third, fifth, sixth and ninth unit of the hoist to reach the flag's fly.
IV. The two right-angled triangles formed by the aforementioned stripes are white, with the hypotenuse starting from the third upper and lower unit [...]
V. The central yellow stripe shall be broken at the seventh unit by a white trapezoid of four units, up to the fly.
VI. In the center of the white trapezoid is placed the coat of arms of the municipality.
Leis Municipais database

Salto do Jacuí is self-styled the Gaúcha Capital of Electric Energy.
The Passo Real power plant is fed with water from the Passo Real Lake, the largest man-made lake in Rio Grande do Sul (area, 230 km2; length, 60 km; circumference, 610 km). Erected in 1968, the dam has a length of 3,850 m and a height of 58 m; the power plant was inaugurated in September 1973. The colossal building site is the origin of the modern development of the town of Salto do Jacuí.
Zero Hora, 17 August 2018

Salto do Jacuí is also self-styled the World's Agate Capital. Agate extraction in Rio Grande do Sul was initiated in 1824 by German immigrants. In 1870-1871, the German agate mines of Steinkaulmenberg were closed, which widely opened the European market to Brazilian gems, less expensive and easier to stain.
The Müller family started agate extraction in Salto do Jacuí in the late 19th century, sending its first shipment to Germany in 1910. Transformation technology was transferred from Germany to Lajeado in the 1970s, then to Soledade.
Radio Geração, 28 February 2018


Ivan Sache, 4 August 2020