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Matos Costa, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

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[Flag of Matos Costa,
SC (Brazil)] image by Ivan Sache, 4 November 2021

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The municipality of Matos Costa (2,639 inhabitants in 2010; 43,307 ha) is located on the border with Paraná, 430 km north-west of Florianópolis.

Matos Costa was established as São João dos Pobres, by pioneer José Cordeiro. The Campo Alto estate was subsequently founded by Colonel Manoel Lourenço de Araújo and his family. On 4 April 1908, the railway connecting São João dos Pobres to Porto União was inaugurated, which boosted colonization. The development of the area was stopped a few years later by the Contestado War (1912-1916).

The district of São João dos Pobres was established by Resolution No. 37 promulgated on 15 September 1917. The district was soon renamed to Matos Costa for the re-built railway station. The namesake, Captain João Teixeira de Matos Costa, was killed in an ambush in 1914.
The municipality of Matos Costa was established by State Law No. 819 promulgated on 23 April 1962.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 4 November 2021

Description of the Flag

An upright red cross with bordered white on a green field, and in the centre the municipal arms on a white lozenge.

Official website at
Dirk Schönberger, 6 July 2012


 Ivan Sache, 4 November 2021