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Nuevo Leon (Mexico)

Estado Libre y Soberano de Nuevo León

Last modified: 2019-09-28 by juan manuel gabino villascán
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[Nuevo Leon defacto flag] [Defacto flag]
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[State flag]
  [Coat of arms of Nuevo Leon]
De facto flag of Nuevo Leon
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 12 November 2004
Coat of arms from: Banco de México
    State coat of arms


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Presentation of Nuevo Leon

  • Official name (Spanish): Estado Libre y Soberano de Nuevo León
  • Official name (English): Free and Sovereign State of Nuevo Leon
  • Short-form names: State of Nuevo Leon; Nuevo Leon
  • Location: Nuevo Leon is a landlocked stated located in the North-East of Mexico. It neighbors: Coahuila de Zaragoza (W), Tamaulipas (E), San Luis Potosi (S), Zacatecas (SW); and the United States of America (N).
  • Area: 64,924 km2
  • Municipalities: 51
  • Population: 5,131,938 (2015)
  • Capital: Monterrey (Pop.: 1,135,550 [2010])
  • Statehood: May 7, 1824
  • Arms adopted: by Decree num. 72, published in the Periódico Oficial del Estado num. 47. on 12 June 1943
  • Coat of arms confirmed: By decree num. 257, published in the Periódico Oficial on 10 July 1996, in effect on 11 July 1996.

Sources: INEGI; Ley que regula las características, uso y difusión del escudo del estado de Nuevo León


Coat of arms

[Nuevo Leon coat of arms

by Banco de México
Posted by: Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, November 12, 2004.


The coat of arms consists of a "french", quartered shield. The first quarter shows a landscape with green mountains, red sky, yellow sun and what seems to be a river (I really cannot blazon this! :-) . The second quarter is argent, a lion rampant marron (suposedly the arms of León, Spain — but the lion should be purple). The third shows what seems to be a church of some sort, in black and white depiction. The fourth shows a black factory with five factory exhautors smoking white into a red background. Over all, and eschuteon argent, tressured sable, over all a bend of the same. Bordure azure, charged in point with the lettering "ESTADO DE NUEVO LEÓN" in upper case letters sable, being the word "DE" slightly smaller, in sinister and dexter with alternating arrow bows and arrow bundles, and in chief six five pointed stars vert. Uncrowned and unmanteled helm argent.
António Martins, June 22, 1999


The coat of arms is featured by: 1. It is a river, the Santa Catarina. The Mountain is Saddlehill Mountain, symbol of the capital city, Monterrey. The red sky is meant to symbol dawn (The Mountain is East). You can't see an Indian firng arrows at the sun, but he's there alright. 2. It is the lion of Leon. Even your site shows it red. 3. It's the old San Francisco Monastery, long gone. Symbolizes the early stages of the Spanish settlement. 4. The smokestacks are from the oldest steel mill in Latin AMerica, the Fundidora. It symbolizes the indutrial power of the State. You can see these smokestacks on the Cart Serial Opening race next week. The racetrabck runs in the old Steel Mill grounds, now a park. 4. Top (Chief): They're not stars, but bees, that symbolize the hard working ethic.
Miguel Arredondo, February 27, 2001.


The text reads "Semper ascendens", always ascending. A similar motto, "Ubi non ascendam?" ("Where will I not climb?") was used by Superintendant Fouquet, who has a squirrel on a coat of arms. Fouquet's ascension ended on 5 September 1661, when Fouquet was arrested in Nantes by d'Artagnan, upon Louis XIV's special request. Two weeks before, Fouquet humiliated Louis XIV by giving in his castle of Vaux the so-called "imprudent festival", during which he shown the royal court that he was much richer than the king. After a rigged trial, Fouquet was sentenced to life imprisonment and jailed in the fortress of Pignerol (today, Pinerolo, in Italy) until his death in 1680. Fouquet's cour, including the architect Le Vau, the decorator Le Brun and the landscape architect Le Notre, was immediatly transfered to Versailles. All of Fouquet's table companions change sides, the two main exceptions being the dreadful madame de Sevigne, who kept a very low esteem for Louis XIV and the Versailles court, and the poet Jean de la Fontaine, who published an "Elegie aux Nymphes de Vaux" not really appreciated by the king. Therefore, Versailles can be considered as the result of both a hold-up and a petty revenge. I shall try to explain the history of the city in more detail, since there is nearly nothing on fr-78-ve.html.
Ivan Sache, May 26, 2004.


Unofficial Nuevo León people's flag
image from Proponen quitar humo de chimeneas de Escudo de NL; Formará una nueva cultura ambiental, eitmedia.mx

Due to environmental concerns, on 5 June 2019 PRI state-congress member Jorge de León proposed to remove the smoke from the chimneys in the Nuevo Leon coat of arms.
Proponen quitar humo de chimeneas de Escudo de NL; Formará una nueva cultura ambiental, eitmedia.mx
Plantea PRI cambio al Escudo de NL acorde con protección al medio ambiente, conexionnl.com

Reported by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 23 September 2019.


2015-2021 Government flag of Nuevo Leon

The government of Nuevo Leon have a new flag. This is not the state flag but the government Government of Nuevo Leon (push in the picture that is multiple and move to several images with flag). The flag is white with a yellow standard swallow tailed, whitin is a white bell. Letters "Nuevo Leon" are on light purple, below a narrow line moving from red to yellow to purple to blue to light green. And below the words "LA NUEVA INDEPENDENCIA"

Jaume Ollé 18 March 2019


Proposal flag for Nuevo Leon

Unofficial Nuevo León people's flag
by Antonio Peres Solís, 27 May 2004

This is a flag that we recognize as ours. It was designed about 1989. Many of our citizens who live in the United States of America fly it proudly, so do we.
Antonio Peres Solís, May 26, 2004.


On te flag the text reads "Semper Ascendens", is the Latin for "[Going] always upwards".
It shows a red lion canting, as "Nuevo León" means "New Lyon" (the old one being León, Spain), rampant facing the hoist, with a golden "old" crown on his head. Set in black with a cursive hand on a semi-circular line bellow the lion the lettering "Semper Ascendens". At the bottom of the flag three very narrow horizontal stripes of green, white and red -- standing certainly for Hungary (q.v.). The image above shows a golden fring on all three free edges.
António Martins-Tuválkin, May 26, 2004.


In Spanish the text on the flag means "Siembre hacia arriba" o "Siempre ascendiendo". This is (the Latin one) the official state motto. It is included in the State arms. The stripes do not stand for for Hungary at all. The colors resemble those of the Mexican National Flag. On the other hand, during many travels to Monterrey (do not confuse with Monterey, -with one "r"- in California, USA), capital city of the State of Nuevo Leon, I have ever seen such a flag. May be this is must common in bordering regions or even only in the USA. With certain officiality the white cloth charged with the State's coat of arms is widely used. In fact, at the lecture hall of the governor's headquarters both flags the National and what should be name as the State's flag are hoisted. Please contact the official site of the Nuevo Leon's government. In the section "Sala de Prensa" (Press Hall) / "Noticias" (news) you will find many photos showing both flags. Towards the last 2004 "Olimpiadas Nacionales", Nuevo Leon team was registered with a white standard with the whole arms. Thus, I may thing that the offcial or at least almost offcial flag is that in white with the arms.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, May 28, 2004.


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