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La Gomera Island (Canary Islands, Spain)

Santa Cruz de Tenerife province

Last modified: 2001-12-14 by santiago dotor
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[Gomera (Canary Islands, Spain)] ~3:5
taken with permission from J. M. Erbez's website

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La Gomera island has an official flag since May 30th 1999 (the day was chosen since it is the Canary Islands Day). It has been approved by the Cabildo Insular (island council) but not yet published in the Boletín Oficial. La Gomera's coat-of-arms is almost identical to that of Lanzarote island, the only differences in La Gomera being the crown (a count's crown, instead of a marquis' crown in Lanzarote) and a thin gold fimbriation between the field and the bordure (both gules as in Lanzarote). Otherwise, they are both "gules two cauldrons or, a bordure charged with cauldrons or".

José Manuel Erbez, 21 June 1999 [editor's translation from Spanish]

The official approval of the La Gomera coat-of-arms has just been published in the Boletín de Canarias number 1999/103 August 2nd 1999, including a brief descrption of its symbolism [and a PDF file with the official design].

José Manuel Erbez, 24 August 1999 [editor's translation from Spanish]

The objects in the upper left corner are: a "ganigo" (earthenware vase typical of the aboriginal culture) proper on a white silhouette of the island, and a white square sail with a green cross patée, representing Columbus' caravels, which made an intermediate stop at the island, and that is why it is called "the Columbian island".

José Manuel Erbez, 14 December 1999

Former Proposals (unofficially used until 1999)

[Gomera, former proposal 1 (Canary Islands, Spain)]
by Jaume Ollé
[Gomera, former proposal 2 (Canary Islands, Spain)]
by António Martins

This unofficial flag competes with another proposal: five stripes of white, blue, red, blue, white.

Jaume Ollé, 1 September 1998

José Manuel Erbez's site says, "previously, the following two flags had been seen in some occasion, with unofficial character and surely with the only purpose of completing the set of seven islands when La Gomera was the only island with no flag". One shows the coat-of-arms on a white field, more or less as Jaume Ollé's image above. The second is the one with stripes described by Jaume Ollé.

Santiago Dotor, 23 November 2000

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