Coat of arms of Namibia
The modern coat of arms of Namibia has many interestingnational symbols. It is noteworthy that this country has recently gained its independence - in 1990. Previously, she was a territory controlled by South Africa.
Brief description of the coat of arms
Its main element - a shield, made in the colors of the national flag. Other elements of the Namib Emblem:
- Eagle-screamer, which is crowned by a shield.
- Oryx supporting shield.
- The figure, symbolizing the desert - amazing Welwitschia (most of the territory of Namibia - a huge dry Namib desert).
- Silver ribbon on which is written the motto of the English language - "Unity, Freedom, Justice."
Sam coat of arms of Namibia has changed several times over the last century. This is due to changes in the status of the territory - from Germany to South Africa Protectorate province.
As the history of Namibia reflected on the country's coat of arms
On the territory of Namibia, inhabited by ancestorskoysanoyazychnyh people - Bushmen. The colonization of Namibia originating from Europe has led to the extinction of many indigenous people. Since at that time there could be no question of any heraldic tradition, history knows examples of the coat of arms of the time.
Only in 1914 it was proposed by the German coat of armsSouth-West Africa. It decided to make the German government for all its colonies. The coat of arms was designed, but the First World War, which began in the same year, did not allow to carry out this project. This emblem was depicted African bull diamond imperial German eagle. In a slight modification of this coat of arms was used on stamps issued for the territory.
In 1949, the Union of South Africa became the de factoAdministration of South West Africa. And in 1968, the UN has decided to rename the area in Namibia. Development of a new coat of arms dates back to 1958. The new project has been registered only in 1963. In connection with the reform of the government and the apartheid policies of the work on the introduction of the coat of arms has been discontinued.
The main elements of the coat of arms of the then Namibia - South Africa Province:
- Shield red.
- Animals - karakul and African bull.
- The image of the desert and the Welwitschia - a unique plant that grows only in the harsh deserts of the world - the Namib and Kalahari.
- Motto - Latin inscription: "Together."
A full coat of arms of Namibia was approved in connection with the proclamation of independence.