In 1962, the original national motto was the latin phrase "Indus Unterque Serviet Uni", which translated means "The Indians twain shall serve one Lord". It was replaced with the motto "Out of Many, One People" -- a tribute to the unity of the different cultural minorities inhabiting the nation -- when the Jamaica gained its independence.
The motto is represented on the Coat of Arms, showing a male and female member of the Taino tribe standing on either side of a shield which bears a red cross with five golden pineapples. The crest shows a Jamaican crocodile mounted on the Royal Helmet of the British Monarchy and mantling.
Jews of Portuguese-Spanish ancestry first came to the island around 1530, fleeing Spain and Portugal where they were seen as heretics because of their religion. Many more also came under English rule, during the period when the English were encouraging Jews to go to Jamaica by offering them full rights and British citizenship in the colony. [more...]