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Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Toa Baja is a municipality of Puerto Rico. The city is located in the northern part of the island of Puerto Rico above Bayamón. Situated in what is considered to be the Metropolitan Area. Called La Ciudad Bajo Aguas, Toa Baja was founded in 1745. It shares its metropolitan area status with San Juan, Bayamón, Guaynabo, Cataño and Carolina.
People from Toa Baja are known as: Toabajeños
|Other names||The Underwater City|
|Population||96,039 (2000 Census)|
|Mayor||Anibal Vega Borges (PNP)|
|Districts||Levittown , Candelaria , Media Luna , Palo Seco and Sabana Seca|
The waving stripe represents the Toa River, one of the first mentioned in the history of Puerto Rico, and in whose shores Juan Ponce de Leon tried to settle the first population of Puerto Rico.
The keys, crossed in vane, symbolize St. Peter, patron of the town. In similar form they appear in the altar of the Parochial Church San Pedro Apostle, of Toa Baja. The F and the J, represent Don Fernando II of Aragón and V of Castile, and his daughter, Doña Juana, sovereign of Castile and Leon.
The handfuls of yucca refer to one of the main crop of this area, and constitute a symbol of the Indians who cultivated it, and whose main food was cassava or bread of yucca. The sugar cane stems refer to the cultivation and industry, that represented the main source of wealth of Toa Baja; the wealth is represented by gold of the field of the shield.
According to a publication of the Municipality of Toa Baja, the official flag of this Municipality consist of two(2) vertical bands: the left side is green and the right side is yellow. The green band have two (2) keys one in yellow and the other in white color. The green band represent the mountains and the yellow band represent the "Valley of Toa", also simbolises the rays of the sun. The keys simbolises the Saint or "Patron" of the City: San Pedro Apostol (Saint Peter Apostle ).
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