Into Ecuadorian Country Life
This is not only a magnet souvenir from Ecuador; it gives insight into the real nature of Ecuadorian life. For instance, the hatchet just under the scene gives you some insight into what life in this country is and has been like for so many of its inhabitants. This leads to theme of building your own life. The weapons holding up the Ecuadorian colors hint at the Spanish colonial presence in the past and perhaps the country's worldliness as is stand as a democratic republic in the present. Located in the Northwest of South America, many civilizations, such as the Valdivia and the Machailla cultures and the Inca empire, flourished in its territories even before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores.
The Specifics of a Land
Dating from 1900, the coat of arms of Ecuador alludes to important political achievements in its history as well as it comprises some of its most renown natural features such as Chimborazo mountain and a river which stands for the Guayas. Both geographic features represent Ecuador's two great regions: the coast and the mountains. There is a boat that reminds Ecuadorians of a well known steamship built in Guayaquil in 1841. While the condor at the top symbolizes power, the laurel, the achievements of the new republic, and the palms on the right honor the heroes of the independence. The shield is bordered by several national flags. This is a great travel souvenir to take back home.