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The History of the Great Seal

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The Bald Eagle rising in the air, holds the olive branch in his is right talon and a bundle of 13 arrows in his left talon.  The Power of peace and the power of war. 

E Pluribus Unum

Translating E PLURIBUS UNUM

The general meaning of each Latin word is clear:
Pluribus is related to the English word: "plural."
Unum is related to the English word: "unit."

E Pluribus Unum describes an action: Many uniting into one.* An accurate translation of the motto is "Out of many, one" %u2013 a phrase that elegantly captures the symbolism on the shield.

Source: http://www.greatseal.com/mottoes/unum.html



Contributor: eliz
Created: January 26, 2007 · Modified: January 26, 2007


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