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Varjota, Ceará (Brazil)

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Dirk Schönberger, 15 March 2010

The municipality of Varjota (17,087 inhabitants in 2007; 179 sq. km) is located in northwestern Ceará, 230 km of Fortaleza.

Varjota emerged as an old estate founded by Father Macário Bezerra, from Ipú, on the flood plain ("varzea") of brook Mucambo, a tributary of River Acaraú. A chapel dedicated to St. Ann was built in 1834-1840 by the first settlers - from the Bezerra, Martins, Melo and Araújo families. The early settlement increased with time, forming the village of Varjota. in 1936, Varjota was incorporated to the municipality of Santa Cruz do Norte, today's Reriutaba, forming in 1946 one of its districts. In 1952, the State Governor launched the building of the Paulo Sarasate barrage, then the biggest in Nordeste. When the rumor spread that the barrage would flood Varjota, the inhabitants abandoned the village and built a provisory camp close to the barrage. In April 1954, Varjota was flooded and abandoned following the set up of the Ararinha barrage, used to provide water to the bigger Araras barrage.

The flag of Varjota was designed in 1986 by Evandro Leal Colašo, "respecting the traditions of heraldry". The designer, of remote, unknown origin, worked for the municipal administration when Varjota was made a municipality. Then he left and nobody ever heard anything on or from him.

The coat of arms of Varjota was modernized in 2011. Half-tone blue outlines were added. The letter "V" was modernized, made golden yellow with a golden outline. The maize cob was also modernized, but in the same colors as before. The cotton plant, no longer a main source of income, was replaced by a bunch of grapes representing the North Araras Irrigated Area. The two plants were placed on a beige background representing the fertile soil of the municipality. The fish, originally a salt water fish, was replaced by the most commonly freshwater fish found fish in the Paulo Sarasate barrage. The blue background has a shade gradient, from light at the top to dark at the bottom, representing the crystalline waters of the Araras barrage.

The municipal website shows a "photo" of the flag with the amended coat of arms, but I am not sure this is a real photo of a real flag.
Ivan Sache, 16 January 2012