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Belizean Symbols

  • Animal: Tapir
  • Bird: Keel Billed Toucan
  • Coat of Arms:

    Belize coat of arms

  • Coat of Arms: The shield of the Coat of Arms is divided into three sections by a vertical line and an inverted V. The base section represents a ship in full sail on waves of the sea. The two upper sections show tools of the timber industry in Belize: a paddle and a squaring axe in the right section and a saw and a beating axe in the left section. Supporting the shield are two woodcutters, the one on the right holding a beating axe over his shoulder in his right hand, and the one on the left holding a paddle over his shoulder in his left hand.

    Above the shield rises a mahogany tree. Below the shield is the motto scroll. A wreath of leaves encircles the Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms embodies an important aspect of the history of Belize, as the mahogany industry formed the basis of our economy in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • Flag of Belize
  • Flower: Black Orchid
  • Motto: "Sub Umbra Floreo" " Under the shade (of the mahogany tree) I flourish. "
  • Tree: Mahogany Tree

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