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Santa Amalia (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Flag of Santa Amalia - Image by Ivan Sache, 16 March 2020

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Presentation of Santa Amalia

The municipality of Santa Amalia (4,059 inhabitants in 2018; 7,360 ha; municipal website) is located 100 km east of Badajoz and 2O km north-west of Don Benito.

Santa Amalia was established in 1827 by Ferdinand VII upon request of laborers from Don Benito, Medellín and Montánchez led by Antonio López. The new settlement was named for the king' third wife, Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724-1760).
The village was built from 1831 to 1842 by the master mason FabĂ­an González. The strict grid plan included 257 houses in traditional style, lined on eight streets converging to a central square. The settlement also included a Town Hall, a jail, a school, wells, and a cemetery. The first 100 colonists were allocated a plot of 24 fanegas, the next ones only 12.
The beginning of Santa Amalia was difficult, since laborers from Don Benito and Medellín initially refued to share their plots with the new colonists.

Ivan Sache, 16 March 2020

Flag of Santa Amalia

The flag (photo) and arms of Santa Amalia, adopted on 26 October 1992 and 18 March 1993 by the Municipal Council and validated on 15 February and 23 March 1993 by the Assessing Council of Honors and Distinctions of the Government of Extremadura, are prescribed by an Order issued on 25 March 1993 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 1 April 1993 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 39, pp. 948-949 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3, composed of three horizontal stripes, red, white, and green, the central stripe twice wider, charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Vert a fountain proper, 1b. Gules an open book argent and a palm or, 2. Azure waves argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 16 March 2020