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Encinasola (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Encinasola - Image from the Símbolos de Huelva website, 24 August 2016

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Presentation of Encinasola

The municipality of Encinasola (1,326 inhabitants in 2015; 17,800 ha) is the northernmost municipality in the Province of Huelva, located on the border with Portugal and Extremadura (Province of Badajoz), 150 km of Huelva.

Ivan Sache, 24 August 2016

Symbols of Encinasola

The flag (photo) and arms of Encinasola, adopted on 25 June 1996 by the Municipal Council, are prescribed by Decree No. 118, adopted on 9 June 1998 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 4 July 1998 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 74, p. 8,347 (text). This was confirmed by a Resolution adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular panel in proportions 11 x 18, made of a white panel with a green saltire. Charged in the center with the local coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Argent a holly oak eradicated and fructed vert ensigned by a Royal crown closed or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The symbols were proposed on 27 June 1995 by Juan José Antequera.
The coat of arms is based on arms "sporadically" used in the modern period, "Argent a holly oak eradicated vert cantonned by four crescents azure". These arms, whose original has been kept by the municipal administration, were designed by the painter Manuel S. Lao, from Madrid. While the holly oak (encina) makes the arms canting, there was no reason to keep the crescents in the "rehabilitated" arms. A coat of arms dated 1788 is "Tierced per pale, 1. and 3. Three castles and three keys in fess, 2. A holly oak on a base ensigned by a castle". Piferrer describes a seal used from 1813 to 1883, "Argent a holly oak eradicated vert surmounted by a modern crown".
[Juan José Antequera. Principios de transmisibilidad en las heráldicas officiales de Sevilla, Córdoba y Huelva]

Local traditions, not substantiated by any historical evidence, claim that the coat of arms was granted to Encinasola by King Peter I the Cruel or by King Philip V, as a reward for the support of the town during the War of Spanish Succession.
[Encinasola - La otra historia]

Ivan Sache, 24 August 2016