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Green and yellow were used as early as the first decades of the 19th century to symbolize Brazil's forests and mineral resources, particularly gold. Originally the yellow lozenge contained the imperial coat of arms, but this was replaced with a celestial globe in 1889 when Brazil was established as a republic.

The view in the globe is of the night sky in Rio de Janeiro on the night of 15th November 1889, the date of the declaration of the republic, and currently contains 27 stars, one each for the 26 Brazilian states, and one representing the Federal District. The 27 stars correspond to the stars of the constellations of the Virgin, Water Snake, Scorpio, Southern Triangle, Octant, Southern Cross, Keel of Argo, Greater Dog and Smaller Dog. The motto "Ordem e Progresso" means "Order and Progress".

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