Toa Baja

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TOA BAJA

Arms of Toa Baja

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

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 keys, crossed in vane, symbolize St. Peter, 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 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 cassava or bread of yucca.

The wealth is represented by gold of the field of the shield.


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Literature : Information and image from Nelson L. Román


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