Through Children’s Eyes: Where Nation, State, Race, Colour and Language Meet

  • Hubert DevonishEmail author
  • Karen Carpenter


On April 3, 1962, the Gleaner newspaper publishes an announcement from the Chairman of the Independence Celebrations Committee that ‘on the authority of the Premier and Cabinet Leader of the Opposition [sic]’ the national motto would be ‘Out of many, one people’. It further states, ‘The motto will be inscribed in the scroll of the Jamaica Coat of Arms without any further alternation [sic]’. The new motto replaces the old one; ‘Indus uterque serviet uni’ is translated as ‘The Indians twain shall serve one Lord’. The coat of arms itself is described by the Jamaican Information Service website as ‘showing a male and female member of the Taino tribe standing on either side of a shield which bears a red cross with five golden pineapples’. The subjugation and enslavement of the indigenous people of Jamaica and the Caribbean, by the British, foreshadowing a similar experience for captured, transported and enslaved Africans.


National motto Out of many One people Enslavement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Language, Linguistics & PhilosophyUniversity of the West IndiesMonaJamaica
  2. 2.Caribbean Sexuality Research GroupKingstonJamaica

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