Symbolism and Meaning of the Coat Of Arms
The elephant's head with a blazing sunrise in the backdrop represents the amended coat of arms of Cote d'Ivoire, an island nation that received its independence in 1960. The elephant's head, which comprises the focal point of the emblem, is symbolic of the largest land mammal that is resident to the island. Cote d'Ivoire has a significantly large elephant population and its representation on the coat of arms is a fitting tribute to this gentle giant. The magnificent beast is also the source of ivory, which is one of Cote d'Ivoire's greatest exports and also lends the nation its name as the Ivory Coast. The rising sun is emblematic of a new dawn for the nation; post its independence as well as its subsequent emancipation from colonial rule. There are two palm trees flanking both sides of the nation's emblem, which represent the tropical flora of this island paradise. Positioned just below the elephant's head is an inscription, which reads the name of the nation in French. This acrylic fridge magnet is a great souvenir to keep for those who have visited Cote d'Ivoire.
A Brief Note on the History of the Ivory Coast
The earliest recollection of the Ivory Coast stems from the time when France began to engage with the nation in 1637. The initial contact consisted of French missionaries who landed in Assinie, which is now located on the border of present day Ghana. The missionaries were vary of the hostile inhabitants and hence were unable to wholeheartedly engage with them. During the 18th century, the nation witnessed two major invasions by two Akan groups called the Agni and the Baoule. A treaty was initiated during the mid 1830s by French Admiral Bouet Willaumez. The objective was to broker peace between the monarchs of Assinie and Grand Basam regions. The Ivory Coast officially became a French colony in 1893 and continued to remain besieged by French rule until its independence in 1960.