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by Joseph McMillan
Dov Gutterman, 3 April 1999
According to an official website (click FAQ) comes the information that the coat of arms on the flag was originally adopted by law 332 of 1929 and revised by law 3393 of 9 October 1991. The shield is green with a jaguar (onça) passant proper and in chief three yellow stars. The jaguar represents suzerainty and the stars the three old railroads (Noroeste do Brasil, Paulista, and Sorocaba) that cross the municipality. The shield is flanked by branches of coffee. The motto is Custos vigilat (Alert sentinel). The colors are said to stand for the forest and coffee plantations (green); the nobility, faith and wisdom of the pioneers (yellow); and blood shed for the nation (the red openings of the mural crown and the coffee beans). The flag looks like one of Lauro Ribeiro Escobar’s standard designs, green with progressively smaller superimposed triangles based on the hoist, red, yellow, green, and yellow, forming a spearhead pointed toward the fly, symbolizing the pioneering spirit and the historic advance toward the west. The coat of arms is placed in the hoist.
Joseph McMillan, 18 March 2003