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National Symbols of Barbados: LORENZO ZOGLI
Group Project: Lorenzo Zogli, Ashton Forbes, Tyreke Robinson, Marquin Williams Kenero Malcolm, Philp King, Cameron Fox, James Filterman-Grade 5 Newry Febuary 8th,2010

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The Barbadian Coat of Arms carries the National Flower in each corner (the Pride of Barbados) of its Golden Shield, as well as the Bearded Fig Tree (the tree from which Barbados derives its name). Though the English were the first to settle the island, it was actually found by the Portuguese, who, upon seeing the Bearded Fig Tree named the island 'Los Barbados', meaning 'The Bearded Ones'. Later the English dropped the 'Los', calling the island simply Barbados. Above the Shield and the Helmet a hand holds two peices of sugar cane (the main crop of the island) in the shape of St. Andrew's Cross. Independence day is celebrated on St. Andrew's Day, the 30th of November. On the left of the Shield is a dolphin, a local fish (not flipper), representative of the fishing industry, and on the other side of the Shield is a Pelican. Now incorporated into the Deep Water Harbour, there was once a Pelican Island (used as a quarantine station), just off the south-west coast.

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The Barbadian Flag is representative of their independence from England. Neptune's Trident appeared in the Seal when the island was still a colony, the broken Trident on the flag is thus representative of the break with their past, and the step towards independence. The blue panels are for the sea and the sky, while the centre gold panel is for the sand of their beaches

Barbados National Anthem

In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride is sprung,
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast
The pride of nationhood
Chorus:
We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it...
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