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Cañaveral de León (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Cañaveral de León - Image by "Apj" (Wikimedia Commons), 1 August 2009

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Presentation of Cañaveral de León

The municipality of Cañaveral de León (439 inhabitants in 2008; 3,500 ha; municipal website) is located in the Sierra Morena, 135 km north-est of Huelva.

Cañaveral de León is part of a group of four sister villages, the three other ones, located in the Badajoz Province (Extremadura), being Calera de León, Segura de León and Fuentes de León. All of them once belonged to the Encomienda Mayor de León (Greater Commandery of León), ruled by the Order of Saint James, which was commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs to watch the border with the Moorish states. In Spanish, cañaveral means "a place where reeds [caña] grow".
The title of villa was granted to Cañaveral de León by King Philip II on 30 December 1588, which allowed the village to secede from Fuentes de León. Until 1833, the village was part of the Badajoz Province. in the next years, Cañaveral de León had a big dispute with the neighbouring village of Hinojales for the ownership of the area known as Umbría de Hinojales; Hinojales eventually won the case in court and Cañaveral de León lost some 4,500 ha of land.

Ivan Sache, 1 August 2009

Symbols of Cañaveral de León

The flag and arms of Cañaveral de León, adopted on 29 September 2004 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 8 October 2004 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed a Decree adopted on 28 October 2004 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 11 November 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 220, pp. 26,148-26,149 (text).
The flag and arms are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, in proportions 11:18, vertically pinned at 1/4, first purple, second red. Centered overall, the local coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Shield in Spanish shield. Per pale, 1. Or a common rush plant eradicated with three stems gules, 2. Argent a lion rampant purple langued and armed gules crowned or. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The rushs allude to the toponym Cañaveral, making the arms canting. The lion comes from the arms of León, ercalling the town was once a hamlet of Fuentes de León until the 16th century and belonged to the Commandery of León until the 19th century.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Huelva (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 1 August 2009