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Arboleda (Narino, Colombia)

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Arboleda (a.k.a Arboleda - Berruecos) is a municipality in the Nariño Department. It was founded on 13 September 1859 by Jaime Montero and named after General Julio Arboleda, the short-time president of the Grenadine Confederation. Berruecos is the main town of this municipality.
The flag of Arboleda is horizontally divided red over green with white triangle at the hoist. The flag is charged with yellow disk with black extract from the local "Piedra del Sol" (Stone of the Sun, see <>).
Source: municipal web site
Dov Gutterman and Felipe Carrillo, 12 August 2008

Translated from municipal web site:
"Scarlet red. Arboleda is an historic municipalities, while characters of national interest died in its mountains. The poet-soldier Julio Arboleda and the great Marshal Antonio José Sucre, as well as our ancestors, were very fiercy, taking part to the 1000 Days' War and the conflict with Peru.
Grassland green: Arboleda is a green field, its vegetation represents aspiration to a better future for the villagers; Arboleda is mostly an agricultural municipality.
White: Arboleda works hard for peace and safe customs.
Golden circle with inverted symbols: inspired by our "Stone of the Sun" archeologic reserve that identifies us. For the Sindaguas, the inverted monkeys represent the duyality between good and evil, feminine and masculine."  
Julio Arboleda (1817-1862), lawyer and soldier, was President of the Grenadine Confederation (Colombia + Panamá) from 10 June to 18 July 1861. He was murdered by three rascals in Berruecos on 13 November 1862.
Antonio José de Sucre (1795-1830) joined Simón Bolívar, won the battle of Pichincha on 24 May 1822, which was the first step to the liberation of Quito. Sucre won the battle of Junin on 6 August 1824 and the battle of Ayacucho on 9 Decembre 1824, capturing most of the Spanish officers and the Vice-Roy and securing the independence ofthe Spanish colonies. Elected President for life in Bolivia in 1826, Bolivar resigned in 1828, was elected President of Colombia and eventually murdered in Berruecos.
The conflict between Colombia and Peru took place in 1828-1829 The 1000 Days' War is the civil war that took place in Colombia in 1899-1900 and caused the secession of Panamá.
The Sindaguas were the first settlers of the region. The Stone of the Sun and the Stone of the She-Monkeys are characteristic of the cosmic vision of the Pre-Colombian cultures. The Stones were later reused as Christian symbols.
Ivan Sache, 27 August 2008

Coat of Arms

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