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Legados de la Colonia


In January, 1530, Sebastián Gaboto left definitively towards Castilla but the Lieutenant Deputy of the flagship "Santa Maria del Espinar", Don Francisco Maldonado remained at the bay which later took his name: Bahia de Maldonado.

The strategic importance of the bay of Maldonado, led to a Governor of Montevideo, Don Joaquín de Viana, to raise a precarious population in the outskirts of Portezuelo (Laguna del Diario) in the year 1755. Then, in 1757 they settle down definitively, civilly and militarily, in the current bay and later in the Gorriti Island,  between August 28 and November 25, date determined for the share-out of lands done by Viana in the year earlier mentioned. For Law of August 27, 1828, the Department of Maldonado was created being included in its jurisdiction, the current lands of Rocha and a big part of Lavalleja.

It is possible to think that if in the XVIIth century our Atlantic coast was seen as a formidable commercial and military worth, in the future years of practical and positive achievements, the coast will acquire maritime importance at a universal level.

From its beginning, during the colonial period, Maldonado was undoubtedly the second city in importance of the Oriental Band, because of its strategic position in the entry of the River Plate and for its wide and sure port. The Kings of Spain were very concerned about this city, that's why they always favored it in all aspects both religiously and militarily. It is demonstrated by its big temple, its Barracks of Dragons, the fortifications of the Island of Gorriti, the batteries in the Square of the Watchtower and the Mansa beach; it was known also as historical model of cowsheds. Maldonado was undoubtedly the avant-garde of the Virreinato del Río de la Plata and the one resisting the first attacks of the invaders.

Shield of the Departamento de Maldonado

Escudo de MaldonadoThe first Departmental Shield dates of the year 1778, in which the General Captaincy of the Province resolves to provide of a symbol or shield. It is requested then to the King of Spain that the shield had in his design a marine wolf, which stayed present until the year 1803, in which the incorporation of the whale is approved, due to the heyday that the whale industry was outlining in the zone. This way on August 29, 1803, for Real Certificate the King of Spain, Don Carlos IV approves the Shield that has come until our days.

Its heraldic symbology is rich: a castellated castle (sign of before mural), a field divided in two, with a limpid sky and horizon and a sea waved by the wind in the middle of which a whale advances with his powerful tail and throws high jets of water, which fall down then on both sides of his body. In the low end (left side of the observer) an anchor that means the presence of the port. Force, right, sky, horizon, wealth, work, plenty, port of exchange, amalgamate in the shield, gifts and awards of the human existence.




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