What borough of New York has as its motto a Dutch text which is the perfect equivalent of the motto in Belgium's coat of arms "L'Union fait la Force"?
#110095. Asked by flem-ish. (Oct 23 09 6:25 PM)
Eendracht maakt macht (help·info) (Dutch)|
L'union fait la force (French)
Einigkeit macht stark (German)
L’union fait la force (literally Unity Makes Strength or Strength Through Unity)
Brooklyn’s 2-1/2 million residents can tell you, the official motto is “Eendraght Mackt Maght” — or to the less fluent in Dutch, “Unity makes strength.” But since Brooklyn’s forefathers incorporated the city in 1834, their chosen saying was written in old Dutch in the State Capitol as four separate words — “Een Draght Mackt Maght” (see seal, right).
It appeared in every reproduction of the insignia until 2005.
“For generations, they used it in the logo of the city of Brooklyn, but apparently whatever workman did it made a boo-boo. They spelled the Dutch wrong,” said Borough President Markowitz. “We changed it a few years ago to reflect the proper Dutch.”
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