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Barceloneta (Puerto Rico)

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The Flag

There are evident connections between the flag of Barceloneta and one of the variant previous flags of Barcelona, Spain.
Antonio Martins , 3 Febuary 2000

Barcelona has close ties with the cities in the world that bear the same name (or derivated name); there are perhaps 30 cities with name Barcelona or derivated name. Of course the flag of the mother city is sometimes considered when cities named Barcelona adopt their flags.
Jaume Olle' , 6 Febuary 2000

The Municipal Assembly adopted the flag following ordinance No. 21 of 31 May 1979. Roberto Biascochea Lota, Special Consultor in Heraldic Matters to the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture and Special Assistance to the Director, designed the flag. The flag is a rectangular adaptation of the former Coat of Arms, as are its colors, with the variation of omitting the flowers of "guajana" (sugar cane flower) and that the blazon's gold and silver are substituted by yellow and white, respectively. In the 4 (height) by 8 (width) feet dimensions, the details of its proportions are as follows; blue quadrangles: 2 by 4 feet; crosses: 2 by 2 feet. Their arms: 9 by 6 inches. The white quadrangles that surround it: 2 (there may be an error in this number, doesn't add up) by 9 inches. The yellow and red stripes: 2 by 4 4/5 inches each one. Needless to say, the present flag is 2:3 in proportions, altering all the above detailed proportions.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 6 April 2001

The flag of Barceloneta derives itself from the flag of Catalonia, the autonomous,  region of Spain which has Barcelona as it's capital. Barceloneta is the name of Barcelona city's famous beach, and the original settlers of this Puerto Rican town were Catalan immigrants to Puerto Rico. The cross represents the flag of Saint George, one of the patron saints of Catalonia (along with Our Lady of Montserrat). Another flag with heavy Catalan inspiration is the flag of the San Lorenzo. I got the information while doing research for my B.A. in Puerto Rico one spring. My mother's family is of Catalan ancestry and when I lived in Spain I did research at Spanish libraries in Barcelona and Madrid.
Luis A. Hernandez, 4 April 2002

Concerning the phrase "Barceloneta is the name of Barcelona city's famous beach", the right phrase sould be "Barceloneta is the name of one Barcelona city's quarter, originally the fishermen's quarter". Later, one beach was known as Barceloneta, too, together with Sant Sebastiŕ beach or Sant Miquel beach.
David Gimeno i Ayuso, 24 March 2010


Reported Variant


by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 6 April 2001

This Barceloneta flag is not the one flying at present times. It is an image of what it should look like if we just follow its written description above.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 16 April 2001


Coat of Arms


by Nelson Román, 21 June 2004

From <www.ngw.nl>: "The name Barceloneta means little Barcelona and thus the first and fourth quarters of the arms show the arms of Barcelona, Spain. The second and third quarter show branches of Guajana trees on a field of blue, which symbolises the Atlantic Ocean."
Nelson Román, 8 July 2004