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Santa Cruz department, Bolivia

Santa Cruz / Sãg̃takrus

Last modified: 2007-09-29 by antónio martins
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Flag of Santa Cruz
image by Jaume Ollé, 02 Nov 1996
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Description of the flag

The green is the vegetation and the hope, and the white is purity and nobility. [m2nXX]
Jaume Ollé, 02 Nov 1996

History of the flag

El Nuevo Día of 24 July 2006 [b9o06] introduces the celebration of the 124th anniversary of the flag of Santa Cruz, which was prescribed on 24 July 1864 by a Prefectoral Decree. Prefect of Santa Cruz, Tristán Roca Suárez, prescribed the horizontally divided green-white-green flag that had been used for the first time by a regional movement defending the Constitution and fighting against Mariano Melgarejo’s golpe (coup).

In 1980, the Committee for Santa Cruz (Comité pro Santa Cruz) resurrected the flag. A group of citizens of Santa Cruz funded the manufacturing of hundreds of table flags, charged with the department coat of arms in the middle. The Santa Cruz Youth Union (Unión Juvenil Cruceñista), in partnership with the Committee, sent a department flag to be hoisted in Puerto Suárez during a demonstration against the central government.

Ivan Sache, 25 Jul 2006

If it was created in 1864 and revived in 1980, when was it abbandoned? And why?
António Martins, 30 Nov 2006

The current Santa Cruz department flag is the flag used by Ignacio Warnes Mercado and other patriots in the war of independence. [m2nXX]
Jaume Ollé, 02 Nov 1996

First, this statement seems to include a gross mistake. From what I have read from the local history, «Ignacio Warnes Mercado» should be replaced by «Ignacio Warnes (an Argentine colonel sent by Belgrano) and Mercado (one of his local lieutenants)». Second, this statement contradicts the report in El Nuevo Día [b9o06], since Ignacio Warnes (c. 1771-1816) could not have faught Mariano Melgarejo (1818-1871)! It would be interesting to check what is exactly written in Atlas de Bolivia [m2nXX].
Ivan Sache, 25 Jul 2006

Flag with coat of arms

Flag of Santa Cruz w/ CoA
image by Ivan Sache, Enrique Noria and António Martins, 22 Jun 2006
(clipart source:

The flag is the horizontally divided green-white-green flag of the department of Santa Cruz, charged in the middle with a coat of arms. A picture by David Mercado (Reuters) shows Ruben Costas, President of the Santa Cruz Civic Union holding a flag during a rally in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 28 January 2005. Tens of thousands of residents of Santa Cruz demanded the Bolivian government grant autonomy for their region. No doubt it would become the flag of the autonomous region, if granted.
Ivan Sache, 02 Feb 2005

Autonomist flags, 2005

2005 protest Flag of Santa Cruz
image by Eugene Ipavec, 04 Feb 2005

In a demonstration in Santa Cruz, in addition to a sea of regular Santa Cruz state green-white-green flags there were several examples of this variant: Identical but somewhat squarish in proportion and with the caption «Autonomía» in the upper half of the white, central third. They looked printed, not handmade.
Eugene Ipavec, 04 Feb 2005

Autonomist “conservative” flag, 2005

2005 protest Flag of Santa Cruz
image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 Jan 2006

Dark-green with a potent cross in a white circle. This could very well be just a literally-appropriate flag for Santa Cruz, but since the political conflict pits a pro-indigenous federal government in La Paz against a «European-descended conservative elite», to quote the article, might this be a racial-separatism flag? Color scheme aside, it bears a distinct similarity to white-power designs.
Eugene Ipavec, 04 Feb 2005 and 24 Jan 2006

The cross (in Spanish, cruz) is canting.
António Martins, 30 Nov 2006

Independentist flag, 1904-1960

1904 Flag of Santa Cruz, Bolivia
image by Jaume Ollé, 08 Jul 2000

Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Republic 1904)
Jaume Ollé, 20 Jan 1997

Flag used by independentists in 1904-1960s.
Jan Zrzavy, 01 Sep 1999

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