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Morelia, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico

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Flag of Morelia, Michoac&actue;n de Ocampo, México 4:7[Non-official proportions]
[Morelia state flag]
[One or more variants under the same basic design]
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, February 19, 2002.

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Morelia is a city located Center-West of Mexico, capital of the State of Michoacán de ocampo. It is placed in the corillera "Neovolcánica", between the Cuitzeo and Pátzcuaro lakes. Morelia is an important agriculture and livestock industry center. Industries: food, chemistry, wood, and textile. Colonial monuments: baroque cathedral. It was founded in 1540 under the name of Valladolid. It received the actual name in 1828 in honor to Generalísimo José María Morelos y Pavón (1765-1815), who was born there.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, February 19, 2002.

Flag of Morelia

In 1537 a group of Spanish families, wanted to move down to another place, and left the ancient province capital, Pátzcuaro, and requested to the Spanish crown, the territory for their new city, and in 1541, Viceroy Don Antonio de Mendoça (old Spanish for Mendoza), gave the permission for building the new capital, in the valley of Guayangareo. Valladolid was founded in 1541, and Emperor Chearles I of Spain, V of Germany, granted the arms to the city and the kingdom.

The colonial flag with the arms in the center was created for the province. It was used until the fall [March 19, 1823] of Iturbide [as Michoacán flag], and forbidden (by the republicans) because of its "Hispanic" colors.
It became to be used once more but as symbolic of the city [Morelia] about its 450th anniversary (1991) of its foundation. The flag is currently hoisted in the city's square and other several public buildings.
This information was gotten by means of a person dedicated to study the city's history.

Daniel Rosas, February 16, 2002.

Coat of arms of Morelia - Modern version

Coat of arms of Morelia, Michoacán de ocampo, México
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, February 19, 2001.

This is a modern version of the coat of arms granted to the city of Valladolid de Michoacán about 1541 by Charles I of Spain and V of Germany.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, February 19, 2001.