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by Joseph McMillan
The flag of the municipality of Aracati, Ceará, can be found at http://www.aracati.com.br/aronline/aracati-bandeira.gif.
Dov Gutterman, 15 June 2001
From www.geocities.com.br/imagemm/simbolos.htm comes the information that "In a session of the senate of the chamber of the municipality conducted in February 1750, on the suggestion of the ouvidor geral of the captaincy of Ceará, it was decided to adopt as a standard a red damask banner having on the center an oval shield presenting on one side the royal arms and on the other a cross." The cross reflects the original name of the town, founded in 1747 as Vila da Santa Cruz do Aracati, so named because of the presence in the area of a memorial cross. The Portuguese coat of arms is that of the time of King D. José I.
Joseph McMillan, 14 March 2002
Ouvidor geral means "general listener," a royal appointee in charge of reporting to the king back in Portugal about the needs (and deeds) of the newly settled lands. The holder of this title later had his actual job enhanced considerably, but I'm not really an expert in the history of Brazil. The Portuguese coat of arms of the time of D. José is, in its lesser form (shield only), the very same we use in Portugal today.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 March 2002