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by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 6 November 2001



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I found at <www.cienfuegos.cu> the flag of Cienfuegos City. Info in Spanish as follows:
"Fue disenada, pintada y bordada por la primera poetisa nacida en Cienfuegos, Clotilde del Carmen Rodríguez López, para su amigo Germán Barrios Houard, cuando los cienfuegueros secundaron la guerra de Yara en febrero de 1868.
Está formada por tres franjas verticales, azul la primera de ellas, blanca la segunda y roja la tercera, como las de la bandera francesa, recordando el origen galo de Fernandina de Jagua.
Pero, sobre este fondo tricolor, tiene algunos símbolos que las diferencian: En la franja azul, una cruz equilátera blanca que recuerda la religión cristiana; en la blanca, el escudo local y en la derecha aparecen tres triángulos rojos con una estrella blanca en el centro, didimulados por dos blancos que los flanquean."
Falko Schmidt, 26 October 2001

The Homeland (Cuba) was under the cruelest Spanish colonial repression, when beginnings of 1869, the Cienfueguerian Patriot and Poetess Clotilde del Carmen Rodriguez Matamoros, well-known as "La Hija del Damujě" (Daughter of Damují) designed, painted and embroidered the flag of Cienfuegos, with the noble intention to give it to the members of the Revolutionary Council, which they were conspiring and disponing to support the insurrection would be leaded by Carlos Manuel de Cèspedes, on October 10th, 1868. Our local flag is formed by three vertical stripes; blue first of them (something narrower than the other two), white the second one, and red the third one. That is to say, same colors of French Flag, representative of Gallic origin of Fernandina de Jagua Colony; nevertheless, some symbols are observed on this tricolor field, which differentiates it of National Flag of France. On the blue stripe (left) rebounds a white equilateral cross which remembers the Christian religion. In the center one, white, appears the Coat of Arms of the City, designed by Don Agustín Santa Cruz on 1831. The right stripe, red, presents three insinuated triangles with a star on the center, disguised by two white trangles that flanks it.   On February 6/7th, 1869 was hoisted on the rebel field by the revolutionary Germàn Barrio Howard, lieutenant colonel and Cheif of General Staff of general Adolfo Fernandez Cavada. It's says that Mrs. Clotilde Ramos Rodriguez Matamoros design the Flag because the insurgents of the Revolutionary Council lacked a symbol that identifing them.
Maikel Arista-Salado (translated by Raul Orta), 3 November 2004

I spent some time in the beautiful city of Cienfuegos and I could see there one of the two local flags I saw in Cuba (the other one being La Havana), and this one was proudly flying in the wind on the city hall.
Olivier Touzeau, 13 March 2011


Coat of Arms


by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 6 November 2001

Info in Spanish at <www.cienfuegos.cu> as follows:
"Es cuadrilongo y está dividido en dos cuarteles. En el superior, sobre el campo azul, aparece el frente dorado del Castillo de Jagua, y en el inferior, sobre el campo de plata, una jagua en producción; lo rematan una corona mural de cinco castillos y dos ramos laterales de laurel.
Este símbolo fue disenado por Don Agustín de Santa Cruz en 1831, y fue adoptado por nuestro Ayuntamiento el 4 de julio de 1848 al serle concedido a la Villa de Cienfuegos el derecho a usar escudo de armas por la Real Orden de Isabel II del 2 de abril anterior. Su lema: Fe, trabajo y unión, en latín: Fides, Labor et Unió, fue adoptado por los fundadores en la manana del 22 de abril de 1819."
Falko Schmidt, 26 October 2001