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E pluribus unum

E pluribus unum
The National motto of the United States is the Latin phrase 'E pluribus unum', which translated into English means "Out of many, one". The motto 'E pluribus unum' was chosen with great care and consideration by the Founding Fathers of America. At the time the motto 'E pluribus unum' was chosen the Latin language was studied by all scholars and, traditionally, the words on European crests and coats of arms used the Latin language. 

The Meaning of 'E pluribus unum'
The meaning of the National motto of the United States of America, 'E pluribus unum' or "Out of many, one" encompasses the early history of the United States reflecting the many immigrants, settlers and colonists who travelled thousands of miles from all the countries in the Old World in search of a new beginning and better life in America.

E pluribus unum

"Out of many, one"

 

 
 

Great Seal of the United States Motto - Front

E pluribus unum - "Out of many, one"
The early colonists and emigrants came from many countries and spoke many different languages. The National motto  of the United States of America was originally used in reference to the integration of the original 13 independent colonies into the one united country of America. It also reflects the amalgamation of the people and their adoption of the English language - they became Americans.

E pluribus unum - The Great Seal
When the American War of Independence (17751783) erupted between America and the British, the new government of America need to create a Great Seal to authenticate important documents. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress of the new nation of the United States therefore passed a resolution that John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin should form a committee to create a Great Seal for the United States. It needed a motto that would reflect the ideals and the spirit of the Americans forever...

 

E pluribus unum - The National Motto
The Great Seal of the United States of America is one of the most important symbols of the USA. We have detailed facts about the history and adoption of the national US motto in an easy question and answer format. The choice of 'E pluribus unum' meaning "Out of many, one" was both an important and difficult task. The men who formed the Continental Congress wanted a National motto that would stand the test of time and remain relevant to future generations of Americans. They needed a National US motto that, in a few short words, would to encapsulate the beliefs, inspirations, interests and the ideals of the people of America. They succeeded! The inspirational choice of 'E pluribus unum' meaning "Out of many, one" is brilliant. Can you think of a better National US motto than E pluribus unum?

E pluribus unum Meaning
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History and adoption of the 'E pluribus unum', the National US Motto
The story of the facts history and adoption of the National US Motto 'E pluribus unum' meaning "Out of many, one" is conveyed in the following facts file:

E pluribus unum Meaning and History
What does E pluribus unum mean?  
  The Latin words 'E pluribus unum' means "Out of many, one" 
  The National US Motto 'E pluribus unum' conveys the history and the emergence of America as a new nation during the turbulent period of the American War of Independence (17751783)
  The meaning of 'E pluribus unum' meaning "Out of many, one" reflects the aspirations and achievements of the America.
  The motto 'E pluribus unum' meaning "Out of many, one" refers to the amalgamation of the people from all different countries who became Americans
Why did the new nation need a National US Motto?
  To adhere to the tradition of existing countries by adopting a motto that represented the ideals and achievements of the new nation of America.
  The Continental Congress needed a symbol and an emblem and national coat of arms to give visible evidence of the new sovereign nation of America
  The National US Motto needed to be displayed on the Great Seal to authenticate important documents that would be seen by other countries
Who was given the task of creating the Great Seal and the US Motto?
  The Continental Congress passed a resolution on July 4, 1776 resolving that that Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin should form a committee to create a Great Seal and the National US Motto
  The Committee appointed Pierre Eugene du Simitiere (1736-1784) to design the Great Seal and suggest ideas for the National US Motto
Who was Pierre Eugene du Simitiere?
  Pierre Eugene du Simitiere (1736-1784) was an artist from Philadelphia who specialized in designing crests and coat of arms
  Pierre du Simitiere had acquired a great understanding of the art of Heraldry, a system in which symbols and emblems, supplemented by a motto, were displayed on a shield for the purpose of identification
  The tradition of using of heraldic symbols as a means of identification spread throughout the European nobility in the 1400's.
  Pierre Eugene du Simitiere was well educated and understood the Latin language which was traditionally used in the words of mottos
  Experience: Pierre Eugene du Simitiere had already designed the seals of New Jersey and Delaware
Who submitted the idea for the US Motto 'E pluribus unum' meaning "Out of many, one"?
  Pierre Eugene du Simitiere (1736-1784) recommended 'E pluribus unum'
When was the 'E pluribus unum' motto submitted to the Continental Congress?
  Pierre Eugene du Simitiere submitted the idea for the motto 'E pluribus unum' meaning "Out of many, one" on August 20, 1776, together with ideas for the Great Seal
  The recommended motto of 'E pluribus unum' was immediately agreed by Congress, but it took another six years for the design of the Great Seal to be agreed!
Where does the National US Motto 'E pluribus unum' appear?
  The National US Motto 'E pluribus unum' appears on the face of the Great Seal of America which was finally designed by Charles Thomson
  The motto 'E pluribus unum' also appears on most U.S. currency. The first coins with the famous motto were dated 1786
  'E pluribus unum' also appears on appears on many official US documents including US passports.
  'E pluribus unum' is still relevant today
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We hope that the above facts on the E pluribus unum will prove helpful to kids, school children and schools. The E pluribus unum motto is still relevant in modern America.

 

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