Coat of arms of Réunion
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The coat of arms of Réunion represents the island and overseas departement of Réunion. The coat of arms is created by Émile Merwart in 1925 on the occasion of a colonial exhibition that was to be held in Petite-Île.
- The upper left field of the shield shows the Roman numberal 'MMM' (3000) that indicates the approximate height of the Piton des Neiges, which is 3069 meters.
- The upper right field portrays the Saint-Alexis ship that arrived on the island in 1638.
- The three lilies (a symbol of the Bourbon dynasty) allude to the historical name of Réunion, Ile Bourbon, a possession of the French monarchy.
- The bees on the lower right field symbolises the historical period of the island under the domination of the First French Empire. The bees are symbols used by Napoleon Bonaparte.
- The shield in the centre represents the French tricolour with the initial RF in the middle that stands for 'French Republic'.
- The official motto of the island Florebo quocumque ferar ("I will flourish wherever I will be brought") was originally the motto of the French East India Company.
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