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Civic heraldry of the United States > Puerto Rico
The first quarter shows a "bohio" (hut) under a crown that represents Cacique Agüeybaná, whose yucayeque (indian territory) was in this region. The second quarter shows a lion representing Juan Ponce de León. The checkered strips over a silver-plated background in the third quarter represent the shields of Don Cristóbal de Sotomayor, founder of the town of Tavara, the actual location of Guánica. The waved stripes represent the bay of this town. The branches surrounding the shield represent the sugar cane industry that was very important in this region.
Literature : Information and image from Nelson L. Román
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