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The municipality of Campo Belo do Sul (7,486 inhabitants in 2010; 10,274 ha) is located on the border with Rio Grande do Sul, 300 km west of Florianópolis.
Ivan Sache, 2 November 2021
The flag and arms of Campo Belo do Sul are prescribed by Municipal Law No.
272 promulgated on 27 March 1974.
The municipal flag of Campo Belo do Sul, designed by the heraldist Arcinoé Antonio Peixoto de Faria, shall be horizontally divided in three stripes, the outer stripes green, of 5 units in width and the central white, of 4 units in width, superimposed with a red stripe of one unit, running from a white isosceles triangle placed along the hoist and charged with the municipal coat of arms.
§1. In compliance with the tradition of Portuguese heraldry, and their inherited canons and rules, municipal flags have to be divided in eight, six, four or three parts, featuring the same colors as the field of the coat of arms and in the center or at hoist a geometrical figure inscribing the municipal coat of arms.
§2. The municipal flag of Campo Belo do Sul obeys this general rule, being divided in three horizontal stripes. The coat of arms applied on the flag represents the municipal government while the white isosceles triangle inscribing it represents the town proper as the municipal seat. White is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious feeling. The central white stripe charged with a red stripe represents the spread of municipal power all over the territory. Red is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance. The green outer stripe represents the rural estates scattered over the municipal territory. Green is a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, abundance and hope; hope is green since greening fields in spring promise profuse harvests
In compliance with heraldic rules, the municipal flag shall have the official dimensions adopted for the national flag, 14 units in width on 20 units in length.
The coat of arms of Campo Belo do Sul, designed by the heraldist Arcinoé Antonio Peixoto de Faria, is described as follows:
A Samnit shield surmounted by a six-towered mural crown argent ports gules. On a field argent an oxen passant sable surrounded by two stylized Brazilian pines proper issuant from a base vert. The shield supported dexter and sinister by soybean, wheat and maize plants proper crossed in base and superimposed by a scroll gules containing in letters argent the toponym "Campo Belo do Sul" surrounded by the date "03 de dezembro de 1961".
The coat of arms has the following symbolic interpretation:
a) The Samnit shield, used to represent the arms of Campo Belo do Sul, was the first style of shield introduced to Portugal by French influence, inherited by the 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 domain's coat of arms; argent (silver) with six towers, four visible in perspective view, it classifies the town as of third rank or municipal seat.
c) Argent (silver) is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious feeling.
d) In the shield's center, the oxen passant sable (black) spotty argent (silver) represents cattle-breeding, one of the most striking sources of income for the municipality; also the symbol of farmer's work, patience and constant commitment to work. The Latin etymology of the word "pecunia" (currency) proves that livestock ("pecus") was the Romans' first currency. Accordingly, coins minted at the time featured an oxen's effigy.
e) Sable (black) is a symbol of austerity, prudence, moderation, wisdom and firmness.
f) The base vert (green) represents pastures, the origin of the toponym Campo Belo do Sul, harboring the stylized Brazilian pines that are characteristic of the Brazilian southern region.
g) Vert (green) is a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, abundance and hope; hope is green since greening fields in spring promise profuse harvests.
h) The outer ornaments, soybean, wheat and maize, represent the main products of the generous and fertile soil, sources of income for the municipality.
i) On a scroll gules (red), a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance, in letters argent (silver) the identifying toponym "Campo Belo do Sul" surrounded by its date of political emancipation, "03 de dezembro de 1961".
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Ivan Sache, 2 November 2021