Guam coat of arms
The outline of the coat of arms is that of a sling stone, which was used by the Chamorro earlier as a weapon and hunting utensil.
It shows a coconut tree that also grows in sterile areas - in the sand on the beach - and thus symbolizes the population of Guam, which survives and grows under all circumstances. She survived genocides , natural disasters and famines . At the same time, the tree stands for the fact that the Guam people can feed themselves - not least thanks to the coconuts.
Behind the palm tree you can see a flying proa on the water . This ship of the indigenous population of Guam was a fast and agile boat with the necessary skill. This enabled the Chamorros to trade with distant islands. This symbolizes the freedom and courage of the residents of that time to sail fearlessly across the sea.
In front of the ship is the Agana River , which bears the same name as the capital of Guam, Hagåtña , in Spanish. This river, which is in constant exchange with the sea, is a symbol of the will of the people of Guam to share the resources of their land with one another.
The red border of the coat of arms represents the blood that residents of Guam shed during the Second World War and the time of the Spanish occupation.
The coat of arms is also shown on the flag of Guam .
- Flag Lexicon (description of the flag)
- Government of Guam: The Great Seal of Guam ( Memento of the original from November 7, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.