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Esparragalejo (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Flag of Esparragalejo - Image by Ivan Sache, 15 March 2020

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Presentation of Esparragalejo

The municipality of Esparragalejo (1,462 inhabitants in 2019; 1,680 ha; municipal website) is located 60 km east of Badajoz and 10 km west of Mérida.

Esparragalejo was already settled in the Bronze Age, as evidence by the remains of a fortified village found on Los Olivares, a hill located 500 m from the right bank of river Guadiana. In 194 BC, the Romans established there a permanent camp with freshwater supplied from a dam through an aquaduct. The camp was expected to protect the valley of Guadiana and the Silver Road heading to the Sierra de Gredos. There was probably also a post on the road connectng Olisipo (Lisboa) to Emerita (Mérida), whose remains can still be seen in Valdelacalzada, Puebla de la Calzada and La Garrovilla.
After the Christian reconquest of Mérida in 1230 by Alfonso IX, the region was shared between the Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela and the Order of Saint John, which became the next year the sole owner of the town. As part of the Commandery of Mérida, Esparragalejo was re-settled in 1405 by Master Juan de Pacheco; Pedro López de Porres, Commander of Mérida, established La Dehesa de Esparragal, referrring to the abundance of wild asparagi (espárragos); due to its very limited population, the area was renamed with a diminutive form, Esparragalejo.

Ivan Sache, 15 March 2020

Flag of Esparragalejo

The flag and arms of Esparragalejo, adopted on 4 May 1990 by the Municipal Council and validated on 1 July 1991 by the Assessing Council of Honors and Distinctions of the Government of Extremadura, are prescribed by an Order issued on 30 July 1991 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 8 August 1991 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 61, pp. 1,675-1,676 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangulmar. Horizontally divided red, green and white.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Argent the gate of the parish church of Esparragalejo proper masoned sable port and windows gules, 2. Or the stone wall of Esparragalejo masoned sable surmounted by the stone mouth of a mill issuant from it five asparagi vert. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 15 March 2020