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Civic heraldry of Brazil
Heráldica do Brasil
State : São Paulo
The arms were granted on July 19, 1976.
The red field and the swords symbolise the bloodshed in the area during the 1932 war. The mountains represent the Mantiqueira range; the arrows are the symbol of St. Sebastian, the local patron saint.
The shield is flanked by two soldiers, again a symbol of the war. The motto 'Cave nam Vigilio' means 'Beware I am vigilant'.
Literature : Image and background provided by Lauro Ribeiro Escobar, São Paulo.