françoise pour le commerce des Indes orientales founded by Louis XIV in that year. The
arms of this company was a golden fleur de lis on a blue field, the shield
surrounded by a crown of palm leaves. Its motto was FLOREBO QUOCUMQUE FERAR (I flower wherever I am brought).
In 1715 the neighbouring
island of Mauritius was captured from the Dutch by the French and in 1719
both islands came into the possession of the Compagnie Perpétuelle des Indes
of John Law. The arms of that company was the same as the arms of the
Compagnie d’Occident founded in 1717 and merged into the Compagnie Perpétuelle in 1719. Section 54 of the privilege of
Louis XIV approving the foundation of the Compagnie d’Occident reads :
Pourra la dite compagnie prendre pour ses armes
un écusson de sinople à la pointe ondée d'argent sur laquelle sera couché un
fleuve au naturel, appuyé sur une corne d'abondance d'or; ayant deux sauvages
pour supports et une couronne trefflée; lesquelles armes nous lui accordons
pour s'en servir dans les sceaux et cachets et que nous lui permettons de
faire mettre et apposer à des édifices, vaisseaux, canons et partout ailleurs
où elle jugera à propos.
the island several arms have been used. Until 1810 these were the same as
those used on the neighbouring island of Mauritius (Ile de France). The very
first arms were those of the Compagnie de Indes
Orientales. These were succeded by the arms of the Compagnie Perpétuelle
and these in its turn by the arms of Louis XIV. The succeeding emblems are on
the seals also used on the Ile
de France (Mauritius). These are documented until 1810. Afterwards the
island was under the crown and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Republic.
7 January 1925 a coat of arms for Réunion was adopted which was different
from the emblems used by the several French administrations.
Arms: Quarterly : The first of mountainridge
rising from the ocean, with and erupting volcano and a mountaintop surrounded
by clouds, all proper, and the letters MMM Or in chief for Mascarenhas. The
second per pale Azure and Gules, a 17th century three masted ship representing
the St. Alexis, sailing on a sea proper for Flaccourt. The third Azure, three
fleurs de lis Or for France. The fourth Purpure, strewn with bees Or for [Ile
de] Bonaparte. And an escutcheon per pale Azure, Argent and Gules the cypher
RF Or for the Republique Française.
Motto: FLOREBO QUOCUMQUE FERAR (I flower wherever I am brought) in
black lettering on a golden ribbon.
Garland: Flowering plants of vanilla (Vanilla planifolia
the Région Réunion a logo is known consisting of strokes of blue paint
representing the Piton des Neiges (3069 m.), the highest mountain of the island, and a sun. Below is the
name REGION REUNION and the motto VALORISONS NOS ATOUTS (Let’s play our
St. Denis Réunion
beginning of the fifties of the 20th century a coat of arms is known for the
city the St. Denis, the capital of Réunion. It is on coins struck from 1955-’73
and on stamps issued 1964.
Arms: Per pale, the first Azure the sailing vessel Sat. Alexis on waves of the
sea Argent; the second Or, two palm trees Vert. And a chief Vert, the
mountainridge of Réunion Argent and Vert with the Piton des Neiges volcano erupting
Crown: A mural crown of five merlons.
Garland: Palm leaves Argent
Anchor per pale Argent
Motto: PRAETER OMNES ANGULUS RIDET (It smiles to
me more than anything else) on a golden ribbon with a red back.
The motto from Horace: Carminum Lib. 2 vs. 13-14: Ille terrarum mihi praeter omnes angulus ridet (This corner of the earth smiles for me more
than any other).
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