Jamaica national symbols

In 1962 when Jamaica gained independence, the British flag was replaced by the Jamaican flag in a grand ceremony. The colours of the flag are black, green and gold which symbolize the sun shineth, the land is green and Black: strength and creativity

In 1962 when Jamaica gained independence, the British flag was replaced by the Jamaican flag in a grand ceremony.  
The colours of the flag are black, green and gold which symbolize the sun shineth, the land is green and Black: strength and creativity

National fruit (The Ackee)
The Ackee was originally imported from West Africa in the 18th century and brought here on a slave ship.


Jamaica is the only place where the Fruit is recognized as an edible crop and it is the main ingredient of Jamaica’s national dish “Ackee and Salfish.

National bird: Doctor Bird or swallow-Tail Humming 
The Doctor Bird or Swallow-Tail Humming Bird, lives only in Jamaica and is one of the most remarkable of the Humming Birds. It is often featured as a symbol on numerous items which depict Jamaican themes.

Lignum Vitae (Guiacum Officinale)
The Lignum Vitae is Jamaica’s national flower and is indigenous to the country. It was found here by Christopher Columbus. It blooms an attractive blue flower, the plant itself is extremely ornamental.

The Blue Mahoe  
The Blue Mahoe is Jamaica’s national tree. It is used mainly for making furniture. The name Mahoe comes from a Carib Indian word. The ‘blue’ is for the blue-green streaks that appear in the polished wood.

The Jamaican Coat of Arms
This is a tradition from the British which was customized. The pineapple represents a fruit considered indigenous, the Tainos the first inhabitants of the island and the crocodile, Jamaica’s indigenous reptile.

The phrase inscribed on the emblem was once written in Latin “Indus-uteroque Serviet-Uni. In 1962, the year of independence, the phrase was translated to English “Out of many, one people“.

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