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Toa Baja (Puerto Rico)

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by Juan Colo'n De Jesu's, 7 June 2001

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This city of 89,454 inhabitants was founded in 1745. The flag of Toa Baja was designed in 1980. The text says that the keys are of gold and silver, although the image on the site would rather be light purple. The green half represents the plains of the Toa, and the golden half stands for the sun shining over the plains. The keys symbolize San Pedro Apóstol [Apo'stol], Patron Saint of the town of Toa Baja. They can be seen in a similar layout (and in relief) on the main altar of the Parish Church of Toa Baja, San Pedro Apóstol.
Thanh-Tâm Le, 3 Febuary 1999

Toa Baja is in central north Puerto Rico, a few km north of Toa Alta
Jarig Bakker, 5 Febuary 2000

According to a publication of the MUNICIPALITY OF TOA BAJA,  the official flag of this MUNIPALITY consist of two(2) vertical bands: the left side is green and the rigth side is yellow. The green band have two (2) keys one in yellow and the other in white color. The green band represent the mountains and the yellow band represent the "Valley of Toa", also simbolises the rays of the sun. The keys simbolises the Saint or "Patron" of the City: San Pedro Apostol (Saint Peter Apostle).  
Juan Colo'n De Jesu's, 7 June 2001

Wrong Reported Flags

by Thanh-Tâm Le, 3 Febuary 1999
Wrong flag based upon lexjuris site

by Andy Weir, 12 January 2001
Wrong flag based upon site (defunct)

The flag at site (defunct) has relatively smaller crossed keys than the one sent according to lexjuris site .
Jarig Bakker, 5 Febuary 2000

by Thanh-Tâm Le, 12 Febuary 2000

A common error in those sites is unknowingly presenting the flag in left-to-right inversion as in Toa Baja.
Blas Delgado, 6 Febuary 2000

Coat of Arms

by Nelson Román, 2 August 2004

The waving stripe represents the Toa River, one of the first mentioned in the history of Puerto Rico, and in whose shores Juan Ponce de Leon tried to settle the first population of Puerto Rico. The definition of the symbols: The keys, crossed in vane, symbolize San Pedro Apostle, patron of the town. In similar form they appear in the altar of the Parochial Church San Pedro Apostle, of Toa Baja. The F and the J, represent Don Fernando II of Aragón and V of Castile, and his daughter, Doña Juana, sovereign of Castile and Leon. The handfuls of yucca refer to one of the main crop of this area, and constitute a symbol of the Indians who cultivated it, and whose main food was casabe or bread of yucca. The crown is the traditional municipal standard whereupon is stamped to the shields of towns, villas and cities. The sugar cane stems refer to the cultutivation and industry, that represented the main source of wealth of Toa Baja; the wealth is represented by gold of the field of the shield.
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Nelson Román, 2 August 2004