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Lares (Puerto Rico)

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by Blas Delgado

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The flag of the "Grito de Lares" has been the official municipal flag of Lares since 1952, and the star is supposed to be white and not "pale yellow star". Most texts (including the one on the Lexjuris site) say that the star is white, and . However, another difference is that, according to my source, the width of each limb (arm?) of the cross is supposed to be one-third of the width of the flag. As for proportions, , the image of the flag of "Grito de Lares" is unusually long, so probably the current version is shorter.
This city of 29,015 inhabitants was founded in 1827. The flag of Lares has a particular historical origin. It is worth noting that for once, the CoA is inspired by the flag. At the end of May/beginning of June, 1868, in a meeting of the Junta Centro Bravo, don Manuel Rojas presented the design of a flag, imagined by Dr. Ramón [Ramo'n] Emeterio Betances, to be used as a symbol of the Grito de Lares and flag of Puerto Rico when the nation's independence would be gained. This flag consists of a white Latin cross at the centre, "the width of its limbs being equal to one-third of the width of the flag [emblem]". The two upper rectangles are sky blue, the lower ones brilliant red, and a white five-pointed star is placed at the centre of the upper left rectangle. The flag was proclaimed the official representation of the Municipality of Lares in 1952 by the Municipal Assembly . Description of the flag is the following: The white cross conveys the desire for a homeland and redemption [or is it the recovery of their rights?]. The red refers to the blood shed by the heroes of the revolt. The star stands for liberty ["en el azul soledad" -- lonely in the blue?].
Thanh-Tâm Le, 11 January 1999

Flag first presented in 1868. It was the symbol of the revolution of 23 September 1868, when it was known as "Grito de Lares". Officially adopted in 1952. The CoA, adopted 1952, is derived from the flag of Lares. The name Lares is derived from a village in Badajoz (Spain), called Llares, where the conquistador Rodrigo y Amador de Lares, who arrived here in 1519, came from. Lares was founded 1827 and is in northwest Puerto Rico
Jarig Bakker, 1 Febuary 2000

Is there any connection between the historical (and local) flag of Lares (Puerto Rico) and the old national flag (1844-1861) of the Dominican Republic? They are identical, except for the star on the upper hoist of the puerto-rican flag...
Antonio Martins, 27 March 2000

There is a connection between the Dominican and the Lares flag. Some of the leaders of the 1868 revolution were exiled in the Dominican Republic and from there they came to Puerto Rico. They had planned to bring arms and supplies from the Dom. Rep. but the Spaniards were informed of their plans, so they had to move ahead the date of the rising in Lares hoping that they could hold long enough to receive the arm supplies. This was not the case as the revolutionary forces were crushed in three days. Becasue of their connection with the Dom. Rep. it was natural that the leaders would choose a flag similar to that nation's. The 1895 leaders did the same when they chose a flag similar to the Cuban one, since they were intimately connected with the Cuban struggle.
Victor Quinones , 31 March 2000

The original "Grito de Lares" flag is the same as the one use today. It was originally created by Ramón Emeterio Bentances to be the flag of the Puerto Rico Republic once independent from Spain. The flag is identical to the original Dominican Republic flag but with the five-pointed star. I do not know of any relationship, but Puerto Rican independence was thought about among several Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Dominicans gathered in New York."
Blas Delgado, 25 April 2000

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from , located by Dov Gutterman , 29 December 1998

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