The Coat of Arms
A shield, at the base of which is a lighter in full sail, dominates the center of the coat of arms. The lighter is one of the traditional means of transportation. Two poinciana flowers highlight a red chevron.
At the top of the shield on the blue background is the head of a Carib, supported by fleur-de-lis and a rose. The Caribs were the early inhabitants of the island, and the fleur-de-lis and the rose signify the French and English influences.
A helmet topped with the battlements of a tower appears with a flaming torch upheld by the hands of an African, a European, and a person of mixed descent. The torch signifies the struggle and quest for freedom by a people of diverse ethnic origins, but united in purpose.
The shield is supported on either side by pelicans with wings extended, displaying a sugar cane plant and the coconut palm tree, which are extensively cultivated throughout St. Kitts and Nevis.
Guide to St. Kitts