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Barrancos Municipality (Portugal)

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[Barrancos municipality]
by André Serranho
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About the flag

The flag is a quartered flag in yellow and blue with the coat of arms, which is horizontally partitioned in two: above its silver with a cork oak proper with yellow acorns, below its yellow with three wavy bars in silver-blue-silver in the lower part and a wild boar proper above it. The coat of arms is completed with a 4-towered mural crown and a scroll reading "VILA DE BARRANCOS".
Jorge Candeias, 24 Jan 1999

This coat of arms illustrates the characteristics of the region. The cork oak stands for the richnesses of the region (produces mostly cattle and cork), the wavy stripes stand for the Múrtiga Creek or the Ardila River, the two waterways that cross the municipality (the last one defines the border with spain for some kms). The yellow field probably also has a meaning related with cereal.
Jorge Candeias, 24 Jan 1999

The boar stands for the famous Pata Negra ham, the most famous byproduct of the alentejan black pig! Even more than cork, this is the main export of this municipality!
António Martins, 25 Jan 1999


Version without the coat of arms

[Barrancos plain flag]
by Jorge Candeias, 25 Jul 1999

Yellow over blue, quartered.
Jorge Candeias, 25 Jul 1999


Presentation of Barrancos

Barrancos is a town placed very close to spain in the right bench of Guadiana River. They have their own dialect there, barranquenho, a mixture of portuguese and castillan, and some local idiossincrasies, to the point of saying from time to time that they are neither portuguese nor spanish. The municipality belongs to the district of Beja, old province of Baixo Alentejo. It is a small municipality with 168.4 sq.km. and a little over 1900 inhabitants, only has one commune, and is also a quite poor and rural region.
Jorge Candeias, 24 Jan 1999

According to linguists Iʼve read, this is a «portuguese-castillian contact pidgin» (the order matters, as it is essentially portuguese).
António Martins, 10 Feb 2003

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