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San German (Puerto Rico)

San Germán

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by Blas Delgado, 16 April 2001

by Blas Delgado, 6 August 2001

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San Germa'n - The flag is a horizontal green-white-purple (violet) triband (in that specific order), as attested by several sources. Green stands for the Episcopal dignity and the colors of the blazon of Christopher Columbus and his son, Diego, Viceroy of America. White stands for the blood purity of the great families, who were the most distinguished, which came to colonize San Germe'n (according to a book by Fray Inigo Abad) and the limpidness of Guanajibo River, whose waters (which were considered medicinal) were being taken to Europe for that order.The shield crown is 'masoned ("mazonada") in sable (black) and adjured ("adjurada") in sinople (green)', which means that the lines depicting the joints between the stones are black and the hollow spaces - doors, windows and other empty spaces - shall be green.
Blas Delgado, 16 April 2001

Green (Vert) does not appear at all in Columbus' coat-of-arms (at least not in the escutcheon). I am also afraid there is no English blazon equivalent of the Spanish "aclarado" (not "adjurado", a horrible translation from the French "ajoure'"). So the best thing is to blazon it as "windows and gate Vert" (of course not "sinople" either which is Spanish for "Vert").
Santiago Dotor, 22 May 2001

It says as follows: "But the green color with the gold of the colors ("tinctures") of this first quarter, has also another symbolism: in first place they remind us of Don Diego Colo'n, first born to America's Discoverer (but now it does not implicitly mention Columbus' blazon), and who in his role as governor of the Indies with seat in Santo Domingo, decreed that San Germa'n should be the name of the town.  It was his purpose to honor in this manner the Queen Dona Germana de Foix, second wife of Don Fernando el Cato'lico..."
Could it be that these colors do appear in Diego Colo'n's coat of arms?
Blas Delgado, 23 May 2001

I don't think so. Diego Colo'n would have inherited his father's arms. Unlike green however, gold (Or) is certainly present in Columbus' arms. But where does gold (or yellow) appear on San Germa'n's flag?
Santiago Dotor, 23 May 2001

Good point. In no place of the flag, only in the first quarter of the city CoA, and it would be to stretch the similitude too far.
Blas Delgado, 24 May 2001

Juan Colón de Jesús state that the San Germán flag is a horizontal tricolor with purple, white and green bands, in that order (from top to bottom). This is identical to the one presented by Lexjuris. I have two sources that say that the actual order is the inverse: green, white and purple. I have no reason to doubt Juan, given to the fact that he has studied extensively and has done a lot of research about PR flags. I just would like to know his sources.
Blas Delgado, 6 August 2001

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by Phil Nelson , 5 Febuary 2000

This image based on site (defunct) which seems to differs from the one at lexjuris site which is violet - white - green. or in Spanish: 'Violeta - (o pu'rpura)'. It has the CoA in the middle. San Germa'n is in southwest Puerto Rico in sugar and coffee farming region; Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (1912); 16th century church; founded 1508, moved to present site 1573. There are 34,962 Inh.
Jarig Bakker, 4 Febuary 2000

by Juan Colon de Jesus, 13 July 2001

The right flag of San German, Puerto Rico consist of three horizontals bands in the following order: violet or purple the superior, white, the center band and green the inferior band. The Coat of Arms in the middle of the flag.
Juan Colon de Jesus, 19 June 2000

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