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Chiapas (Mexico)

Estado Libre y Soberano de Chiapas

Last modified: 2019-12-14 by juan manuel gabino villascán
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De facto flag of Chiapas [De facto flag] [Design is an acceptable variant]
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De facto flag of the State of Chiapas
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 18, 2005.


See also:

Presentation of Chiapas

  • Official name (Spanish): Estado Libre y Soberano de Chiapas
  • Official name (English): Free and Sovereign State of Chiapas
  • Short-form names: State of Chiapas; Chiapas
  • Location: Chiapas is the southern most Mexican state and it is famouse for its archeological ruins: Palenque, Bonampak, Copanaguastla, Yaxchilán, Chinkultic, Tuxtla Chico, Toniná, Izapa, Hun Chavin, among many others. Its population is mostly made up by indigenous people: Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Tojolabal, Chol, Lacandón, Itza, amd Mame, among others. Chiapas lays the Pacific Ocean (SW), and borders the states of Tabasco (N), Veracruz-Llave (NW), and Oaxaca (W); and the Central-American sovereign and independent country of Guatemala (SE)
  • Area: 73 311 km2
  • Municipalities: 123
  • Population: 5 228 711 inhabitants (2015)
  • Capital: Tuxtla Gutiérrez (553 374 inhabitants [2010])
  • Statehood: 14 September 1824
  • Flag adopted: No official flag has been adopted.
  • Arms adopted: Decree 346 establishing the Ley del Escudo y el Himno del Estado de Chiapas; published on 22 September 2010, in effect on 23 September 2010. Previous dispositions: Decree number 186 published on 2 August 2000; Royal Decree of 1 March 1535 (coat of arms granted to the Villa Española de San Cristóbal de los Llanos de Chiapa, present-day San Cristóbal de las Casas).

Sources: SEP, INEGI


De facto flag

De facto flag of Chiapas [De facto flag] [Design is an acceptable variant]
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 18, 2005.

The State of Chiapas has not officialy adopted a distinctive flag for its own so far, a white clothe charged with the state arms is, instead, widely used.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 8 December 2019.


Coat of arms

Coat of arms of Chiapas
Image from: Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas
Reported by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 18, 2005.

The coat of arms was by Decree 346 establishing the Ley del Escudo y el Himno del Estado de Chiapas; published on 22 September 2010, in effect on 23 September 2010. Previously there existed two dispositions: the Royal Decree of 1 March 1535 granting a coat of arms to the Villa Española de San Cristóbal de los Llanos de Chiapa, present-day San Cristóbal de las Casas), and the decree number 186 published on 2 August 2000, which recognizes the 1535 coat of arms as representative of the State of Chiapas.
Reported by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 8 December 2019.


Chiapas government flag (ca. 1999)

[Chiapas unofficial horizontal tricolor flag]
by António Martins, October 06, 2001.

Some time ago the Chiapas governor gave his opening speech on a theatre ornamented with horizontally stripped green - white - red banners charged with the state coat of arms.
Luís Havas, 22 Jun 1999


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