The Arms of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

with Sources of Information and Web resources
Arms II Arms I by Martin Grieve, 1/26/2002

Blazon: divided, in chief azure a Rising Sun irradiated or, in base, argent a Columbus Ship proper surmounts barry nebuly of two azure; Crest: atop a Sovereign's helm or a Conch Shell proper surrounded by five Palm Fronds vert on a wreath of the chief's colors, from which issues mantling azure lined argent; Compartment: divided, dexter the Sea argent and azure, sinister, the Earth vert, overall the Motto: "Forward, upward, onward together" on a band or lined azure; Supporters: a Blue Marlin dexter, a Flamingo sinister both proper.

-- The coat of arms for The Bahamas were designed by Mr. Hervis Bain
of Nassau. (The arms were revised in 1971.)

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 Sources of Information and Web Resources

Heraldry and Flags

Crampton, William G., ed.
Webster's Concise Encyclopedia of Flags & Coats of Arms (New York: Crescent Books, 1985); illus. above right: 140 (colors adjusted).
Flags of The BahamasPhotius Coutsoukis).
Flags of the World.
Bahamas, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, The Bahamas. Coat of Arms (above left).
International Civic Arms (BNG, The Netherlands).
Neubecker, Ottfried.
A Guide to Heraldry (London: McGraw Hill, 1979) illus.: 148.
Velde, François.
Heraldica. "National by Countries."
World Flag Database.
The Bahamas.

Government, Society and Institutions

The Bahamas, The Commonwealth of.
Welcome to The Bahamas Web Home Page (official government site).
The Bahamas, The Commonwealth of. Ministry of Tourism.
The Islands of The Bahamas (Official Tourism Website).
The Bahamas Constitution (1973). (Georgetown University. Political Database of the Americas).
Berryman, John.
The Bahamas: A social studies course for secondary schools. (London: Macmilian Caribbean, 1980) 69-70.
The Central Bank of The Bahamas (est. 1974).
The College of The Bahamas (a quarter century of academic excellence).
The Nassau Guardian Online.
Saint Augustine's College, Nassau.
Premiere private school for boys founded in 1945 by Catholic Benedictine monks. The school became co-ed in 1967 and separately incorporated in 2005.

Tourism, Travel and Guides

The Bahamas Guide: Business, Tourism, Vacation, Lodging and Travel Resources.
Bahamas-Allgemeines (Columbus Länderprofile; in German).
Bahamas On-Line. The Bahamas first World Wide Web service.
Bahamas Vacation Guide: Detailed information on the Bahamas islands, including history, culture, and what to see and do.
The Islands of The Bahamas: the country of 700 islands.
The Out Islands of The Bahamas. (Out Islands Promotion Board).
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
The World Fact Book: Bahamas, The. (9 August 2005).
U.S. Department of State. Travel.
Background Notes: The Bahamas (August 2005).
Consular Information Sheet (current).
International Travel.
Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean.

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