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Atacames Canton (Esmeraldas, Ecuador)

Cantón Atacames

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image by Dov Gutterman, 19 June 2006

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Translated from <> - the Ecuadorian official gazette, publishing the Municipal Decree on the flag, adopted by the municipal council on 6 October 1999 and published on 14 August 2001 in the Ecuadorian official gazette No 389 (Supplement):
"Article 1.
The flag of the canton of Atacames as the canton's civic symbol shall be publicly exhibited in all historic commemorations and social and cultural acts. Moreover, it shall be permanently displayed in the public, semipublic and private entities, as well as in the educative, associative and handcraft, etc., centers of the canton.
Article 2.
The flag of the canton shall be made of three equal vertical stripes, azure, white and green.
Article 3.
The meaning of the colours of the flag of the canton is the following: - Azure represents the majestuosity of the sea batheing our coasts, source of wealth, and the limpid and empty sky predominating in this canton. - White represents the inhabitants' purity and kindness. - Green represents the exuberant vegetation and the soil fertility. The white central stripe shall be charged with four marine azure stars, representing the rural parishes forming the canton, Tonchigue, Súa, La Unión de Atacames and Tonsupa, and a red star symbolizing the canton's capital, Atacames.
Article 4.
Authorship of the flag belongs to Pr. Armando Guaga Ramos, whose work was proclaimed winner by the Honour Court [...] of a competition for the creation of the civic symbols of the canton organized by the municipality of Atacames on 11 December 1993 [...]."
The image is marked "incomplete" since the four stars are missing. Without a graphical source, it is, however, difficult to complete the drawing accurately.
Dov Gutterman, 16 June 2006 and Ivan Sache, 4 October 2008