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Valdelacalzada (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Presentation of Valdelacalzada

The municipality of Valdelacalzada (2,711 inhabitants in 2019; 3,240 ha) is located 30 km east of Badajoz.
Valdelacalzada, gaining "independence" from Badajoz, was established as a municipality by Decree No. 42, issued on 27 April 1993 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 4 May 1993 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 52, pp. 1,162-1,163 (text).

Valdelacalzada was established in 1948 as the first colony designed by the National Institute of Colonization in the then barren lower valley of Guadiana, expected to be transformed in irrigated fields. In early October 1948, 10 families from Fuente de Cantos, 12 from Hornachos, 8 from Burguillos del Cerro, and 10 from Castuera settled the new colony.
The colony was officially inaugurated by General Franco and several Ministers on 7 June 1951. The inhabitants were granted the title of Colonists. Franco came back to Valdelacalzada on 6 October 1956 for the inauguration of Plan Badajoz, the colony being emblematic of the lower valley of Guadiana. The counterpart for the upper valley was the colony of Don Benito.
[José Luis Molina Bolaños. 2018. Fuentecanteños en Valdelacalzada. Pp. 117-136 in Actas XIX Jornada de Historia de Fuente de Cantos, 10 November 2018, La Emigración Extremeña]

Ivan Sache, 16 March 2020

Flag of Valdelacalzada

The flag and arms of Valdelacalzada, adopted on 29 December 1993 and 1 December 1994 by the Municipal Council and validated on 6 May 1994 and 7 March 1995 by the Assessing Council of Honors and Distinctions of the Government of Extremadura, are prescribed by an Order issued on 18 April 1995 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 20 April 1995 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 46, pp. 1,469-1,470 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3, composed of three equal vertical stripes, green at hoist, blue at fly and white in the center. Charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
Coat of arms: Per fess by a fess or, 1. Vert an irrigation canal argent, 2. Azure a lion rampant gules a column argent inscribed 'PLUS ULTRA' sable. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 16 March 2020