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by Joseph McMillan
The Contestado was a disputed area of some 40,000 sq km along the Santa Catarina-Paraná border (the word contestado meaning "contested" or "disputed"). From 1912-1917, it was the location of a peasant rebellion led by a charismatic Catholic conservative known as Brother João Maria. The immediate cause was a reaction to the activities of American railroad builders' bringing in outside labor. By law 12060 of 18 December 2001, the state of Santa Catarina recognized the flag of the Contestado Rebellion as a regional symbol the area. The flag is described in the law as white with a green centered cross.
Joseph McMillan, 15 September 2002