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Spain Coat-of-Arms


Over the west door to the Hall of Texas, the coat of arms representing Spain is that of King Charles I (Emperor Charles V), who was on the throne in 1519 when the Spanish first explored Texas.

Vous savez que je suis descendu des empereurs tres-crestiens de la noble nation Germanique, des roys catholiques d'Espaigne, des archeducz d'Austrie, des ducz de Borgoingne, lesquelz tous ont est»z jusques › la mort filz fidÀsles de l'eglise Romaine...Parquoy suis d»termin» toutellement y employer mes royaulmes et segnouries, mes amis, mon corps, mon sang, ma vie, et mon ame.

(You know that I am descended from the truly Christian emperors of the noble German nation, from the Catholic Kings of Spain, from the archdukes of Burgundy, who all remained till death faithful sons of the Roman Church. Wherefore I am determined to use for it the whole power of my realms and dominions, my friends, my person, my blood, my life, and my soul. )

– Charles V to the Diet of Worms


The first coat of arms on the northern wall is that of Louis XIV, who was King of France when LaSalle attempted to settle Texas.

Les Rois sont seigneurs absolus et ont naturellement la disposition pleine et libre de tous les biens, tant des s»culiers que des eccl»siastiques, pour en user comme sages economes, c'est › dire selon les besoins de leur Etat.

(Kings are absolute lords and naturally have the full and complete disposition of all property, both secular and ecclesiastical, to use it as wise stewards, that is to say, in accordance with the needs of their state.)

– Louis XIV

France Coat-of-Arms

Mexico Coat-of-Arms


The eagle, snake, and cactus represent Mexico. The branches of the cactus represent the federated states.

La nacion est… obligada … proteger por leyes s…bias y justas los derechos del hombre y del ciudadano.

(The nation is obligated to protect by wise and just laws the rights of the man and the citizen.)

-Acta Constitutiva de la Feratcion Mexicana

The Republic of Texas

The symbol for the Republic is the Lone Star and the Wreath made of live oak and olive branches.

It is an axiom in political science that, unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty or the capacity for self-government.

-Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Texas

The Republic of Texas Coat-of-Arms

Confederate States of America Coat-of-Arms

Confederate States of America

The coat of arms of the Confederate States was adopted but never used. The emblem depicts George Washington within a wreath made of tobacco, rice, corn, cotton, wheat, and sugar cane with the motto Deo Vindice (God being our protector).

We, the People of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent Federal Government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity – invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God – do ordain and establish the Constitution for the Confederate States of America.

-Preamble to the Confederate Constitution

United States of America

Over the eastern door leading to the Hall of Noble Words, is the coat of arms of the United States, with the E Pluribus Unum omitted due to lack of space.

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

-Preamble to the Constitution.

United States of America Coat-of-Arms

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