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image by Dirk Schönberger, 2 May 2011
Vertical triband, blue-white-blue, ratio 1-2-1, with the municipal logo centerd.
No official website found. The flag is shown at
http://www.portalcarpina.com.br/?pagina=bandeira which seems to be an
unofficial portal site about Carpina.
Dirk Schönberger, 2 May 2011
The municipality of Carpina (75,706 inhabitants in 2010; 146 sq. km) is located
in the Pernambuco Forest area, 60 km of Recife. Carpina was settled in the
second half of the 17th century by lumberjacks. The town is said to have been
named in the 19th century for a carpenter ("carpinteiro") called Martinho
Francisco de Andrade Lima, who lived in a flat place ("châ"), quickly renamed by
the local muleteers Châ do Carpina. Located close to the provincial capital in
a healthy climate, the village developed with the building of two sugar mills. Châ do Carpina was renamed Floresta dos Leões
(lit., "The Lions' Forest") by Municipal Law No. 12 of 15 September 1901. The
name is a tribute to João Souto Mayor, the leader of the Pernambuco
Revolution held in 1817; he was nicknamed the Tejucupapo Lion and his
supporters, "the northern lions", hid near Châ do Carpina after a fighting
against the government's troops. The tradition says that Dr. Francisco de
Assis Chateaubriand Bandeira de Melo asked President of the Republic Afonso
Pena the permission to change the name of the place during a presidential
visit in northeastern Brazil. The President agreed and contributed to the
erection of the bronze statue representing a lion, inaugurated on 7 September
1909. The municipality of Carpina was established by State Law No. 1,931 of
11 September 1928. State Decree-Law No. 952 of 31 December 1943 reallocated
parts of the new municipality to Paudalho.
The flag of Carpina was adopted for the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the political emancipation of the municipality. Designed by Luiz Gomes Correia, the flag was inaugurated on 11 September 1973. The coat of arms is of colonial type, preferred in Brazil. The 1st quarter shows a wall and crowns recalling the old names of the town, Chã do Carpina and Floresta dos Leões. The second quarter shows a lion passant symbolizing the autonomy and courage of the founders of the town. The 3rd quarter shows a cross representing the firmness of the Christian faith. The 4th quarter shows a saw recalling the founder "O Carpina" (The Carpenter). The scroll is inscribed with the town's motto, "Ad maiora quotidie" (Every day better).
Ivan Sache, 1 March 2012