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Heráldica de Mexico
Mexican Civic Heraldry


State : Veracruz

Origin/meaning :
The arms were the first arms ever granted in the Americas on July 4, 1523 to Villa Rica de Veracruz. The arms show in the upper half a castle for the city, as well as for Castille. The lower half shows the tow pillars of the Spanish National Arms. Above the shield is a cross with the letters Vera, a canting element (Cruz meaning cross).

Literature : Picture send by Giovanni Scotto d'Aniello (Italy); background from Teodoro Amerlinck, "Heraldica municipal en la Nuevo Espana durante el Siglo XVI", in "Las armerias en Europa al comenzar la Edad Moderna y su proyeccion al Nuevo Mundo", Madrid, 1993

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