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'Dorling-Kindersley Pocket Book' says the coat of arms
represents the three ships of Colombus who landed in Trinidad in
1498. The top of the shield depicts two hummingbirds. The
supporters are two local birds, a scarlet ibis and a cocrico,
respectively. The shield stands on waves breaking against the
rocky coasts of the islands.
Ivan Sache, 11 January 2001
"The Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago was designed by a committee formed in 1962 to prepare the country for independence. The Coat of Arms was selected and formally agreed to be used as the Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago in 1962. The Birds represented on the Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago are the Scarlet Ibis, the Cocrico (native to Tobago) and the Hummingbird. The three ships represent the Trinity and the three ships of Columbus. The three Peaks were principal motifs of Trinidad's early British Colonial Seals and Flag-Badges. They commemorated both Columbus' decision to name Trinidad after the Blessed Trinity and the three Peaks of the Southern mountain range, called the 'Three Sisters" on the horizon. The fruited Coconut Palm dates back to the great seals of British Colonial Tobago in the days when the Island was a separate administrative unit. Motto - Together we aspire, Together we achieve" -speaks for itself and promotes harmony and diversity for national achievement."
Erki Kurikoff, 13 Febuary 2002