Rio Grande (Puerto Rico)
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Territory : Puerto Rico
The two Puerto Rican parrots(Amazon vitatta vitatta) are native to the region. The center shows the three peaks of El Yunque. The wavy blue stripe represents the Espíritu Santo river, navigable route very useful for the tourist and commercial development.
The open book represents the Pimentel and Castro School, the first school built in Puerto Rico by means of matched contributions by a municipality (Río Grande) and by the Insular Government of the Island. One of the five groups of coins, represents the five thousand dollars contributed by Grande River and the other group, the five thousand provided by the Insular Government of Puerto Rico for the construction of the school. The book also symbolizes the important participation the teachers and students of Río Grande, in taking the necessary steps to equip the municipality with a coat of arms, due to the initiative of the teacher and local historian Don Edmundo Del Valle, who gave to the project, which he never saw fulfilled during his life, all his dedication and enthusiasm. The crown is standard of municipal shields.
Literature : Information and image from Nelson L. Román
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