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Metán Department, Salta Province, Argentina

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San José de Metán Municipality

[Metan municipal flag] image by Jaume Ollé i Casals, 21 Feb 2012

The municipality of San José de Metán (locally known as Metán ; 27,453 inhabitants in 2001) is located in the south of the Salta Province.

The flag of San José de Metán, of recent origin, expresses the local historical origins, traditions, idiosyncrasy and culture. The flag is quartered by a white cross skewed to the hoist, the first quarter crimson red with two vertical black stripes framing a lily flower surrounded by two laurel branches, the second and third quarters golden yellow, the fourth quarter celeste blue.

The lily flower represents the Catholic faith, as the flower raised in his hands by St. Joseph, the patron saint of the town.

The two laurel branches, a symbol of victory, recall the historical meeting of Colonel José de San Martín and General Manuel Belgrano in Yatasto, a place located on the municipal territory of San José de Metán. During the Argentine War of Independence, generals commanding the Army of the North made handovers of command in Yatasto estate, proclaimed a National Monument in 1942. On 26 May 1812, Juan Martín de Pueyrredón gave there the command to Manuel Belgrano, who gave the command to José de San Martín on 17 January 1814.

The crimson red color recalls the provincial flag of Salta and the ponchos worn by the natives and the gauchos, including the national hero Martín Miguel Güemes.

The two vertical black stripes recall the railway inaugurated in the town on 13 June 1886; they also represent the tradition and character of the region.

The golden yellow quarters symbolize honey, after which the word "Metán" was coined by the Spaniards- from the Lule word "mep", "honey". Golden yellow also represents the soil fertility and the man's work, synthesized into wheat, maize and other grain spikes. The colour also recalls the sun from the national flag and the stars from the Salta flag.

The celeste blue quarter recalls the national flag and the sky reflecting on the waters of the rivers.

The white cross uses a color from the national flag, meaning purity and peace. The flag contest's jury added that the white vertical and horizontal stripes form a Latin cross.
Ivan Sache, 5 Oct 2010

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