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Ovalle commune (Chile)

Comuna de Ovalle

Last modified: 2020-07-25 by randy young
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[Ovalle flag]
image by António Martins, 19 February 2006

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About the commune

The municipality of Ovalle (98,089 inhabitants in 2002; 383,450 ha) is located 400 km north of Santiago and 90 km south of La Serena.

Ovalle was founded by a Decree issued on 22 April 1831 by the Coquimbo Provincial Assembly. The Assembly recognized the impossibility to manage from La Serena, the provincial capital, a vast area located between river Choapa and the country's northern border; accordingly, a new town had to be created in the Limari valley. The town had to be established at mid distance of Combarbalá and La Serena and mid distance of the sea and the Andes. It was eventually founded in the Tuquí area, on plots offered by Micaela Campos. The new town was named for José Tomás Ovalle Bezanilla (1778-1831), the Vice President of Chile who had passed away one month before the foundation of the town on 22 April 1831.
Ivan Sache, 18 July 2020
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About the flag

It is a horizontal tricolor of yellow, blue and white with unspecified ratio (conjectural specs of (2+2+2):9 used), created as a simplification of the coat of arms by heraldist Fernando Álvarez de Toledo y Carvalho and aproved by the municipal government on 1974.04.15, by decree number 158, according to the communal website.
António Martins, 19 February 2006

The flag and arms of Ovalle are prescribed by Municipal Decree No. 158 issued on 15 April 1974. The symbols, designed by Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, were originally adopted on 11 May 1960 by the Municipal Council.

1. The arms granted to the town and municipality are:
Or a bend wavy azure, as the symbol of river Limari cantonned in chief by a lion rampant purpure crowned or holding a goose feather argent as of writing, as a tribute to the Chilean poet Victor Domingo Silva Endeira [1882-1960], born in the region [in Tongoy, Elqui Province], in base by a pick and a hammer gules in saltire, as the emblem of mining. A bordure argent eight fig leaves vert, representing the heraldic tree of Norte Verde. The shield surmounted by the mural crown or of the Chilean municipalities.

2. The municipal flag is composed of three horizontal stripes, the upper, yellow, the central, wavy blue, and the lower, white.
Ivan Sache, 18 July 2020
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Variant with coat of arms

[Ovalle flag with coat of arms]
image by Ivan Sache, 18 July 2020

The flags in actual use have equal stripes and not a wavy central stripe, as prescribed, and are charged with the municipal coat of arms. Photos can be found online, particularly on the municipality's Facebook page.[1,2,3,4,5,6]
Ivan Sache, 18 July 2020
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