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From the 10th century, with the spread of the joustas and tournaments that had their origin in Germany and spread rapidly throughout the rest of Europe, armories began to become signs of honor and nobility , which transcended posterity from parents to children. The uses of shields, before just for a matter of defense in combat, be regularized, institutionalized and improved in the next three centuries of royal authority over the lords. That is, the granting of shields depended on the authority of the king.
More or less so is the history of the shields in our time and today, the people of our country have a story to tell. From the smbologies divine, and heraldic mysterious passing through the presence of nature from varied visions; the provincial shields are and will be a representation of what is the local in every corner of the country.
To tell you what these badges show, we start with the last to join and the southernmost of all: the shield of Tierra del Fuego .
Being the last of the provinces to join the country as we know it, Tierra del Fuego has its own shield only since 1992. Prior to that date, the national shield was used there since the establishment of the national authorities in the territory, in 1884. Once it was incorporated as a province, and following unanimous desire, like the others, to have its own blazon, by the end of 1992 a competition was called for the creation of the first provincial coat of arms. On the basis of this, it was established that the shield and its symbology should take into account the spirit of the Fueguino people, its history, tradition, culture, geographical location, sovereignty and natural resources . The competition was held, on December 17 of the same year, the Legislature of the Province passed Law No. 61, promulgated on 24, which expresses the meaning of the first fueguino shield.
The winner was the author Rosana Giménez and the pseudonym of the drawing was “Kewel”. The official description of the Secretary of Government and Labour, dated 4 February 1993, cites as regards the heraldry :
Oval shape: on the azur-celestial field, brings in the center and head, a rising golden sun, ten rays in the form of irregular rigid bars, highlighted, at its base, by a snowy mountain on the summits, with sable slopes, over the sea surrounding all areas of the province, shaded with sabre. On top four emperor penguins of their natural color, two of them looking at the right hand and two at the left. By exterior ornament, an oval crown of fire, with five flames of gules on each side, open at the base. Ornaments: a large billboard shaped like an azure albatross, stylized and contoured, with wings open in the attitude of flying, and the plumage ajar.
And, about the symbology of the shield , indicates:
Highlight the bird, so abundant in the region, in its flight attitude. Fire, closing everything, as the element that accompanies the inhabitants from its origins. The sun. Astro king, symbolizes the whole of man. The snowy mountain, characteristic of the region near the mountain range. Water, an element present in the four cardinal points and the penguin , as representative specimen of the southern fauna.
Publication Date: 10/03/2021
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