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Rio Grande (Puerto Rico)

Río Grande

Last modified: 2002-01-18 by dov gutterman
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by Blas Delgado

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The image at (Not Available anymore) site is exactly the same as at lexjuris site. In the last site a description in Spanish. I assume that the bird on the flag is a local parrot (?) . Río Grande seems to be better known as 'Ciudad del Yunque' after a mountainpeak close by; it is 30 Km east of San Juan in northeast Puerto Rico; it was founded June 16, 1840; there are 45,648 Riograndeños.
Jarig Bakker, 4 Febuary 2000

Río Grande (literally, 'big river', and stands for the Espíritu Santo River) - The flag has as its components the main representative symbols of the city. Over a white triangle it appears the Puerto Rican parrot, Amazonia vitatta vitatta (an alarmingly endangered species), by way that this is its territory, specially the El Yunque Mountain (and other peaks in the Luquillo Range), where this autochthonous species still subsists. The green band represents the Range that comprises the group of mountains where El Yunque overtop within the Río Grande jurisdiction (in fact, and contrary to popular belief, Pico del Este is the tallest mountain within the Range. El Yunque's significance comes from the fact that it was the Taíno's holiest mountain). The blue band represents the Espíritu Santo (Holy Ghost) River and makes reference to the city name.
Blas Delgado, 16 April 2001

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by Juan Colon de Jesus, 12 July 2001

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