The island of Saint Bartélemy is a French Overseas Collectivity, which is independent of the départements of France. It is part of the French Antilles.
The three French fleur-de-lis symbolise that Saint-Barthélémy was French from 1648 to 1785 and since 1878. The island belonged to the possessions of the Order of Malta (1651-1665), which explains the Maltese cross on a red field. From 1785-1878 the island was Swedish, hence the three crowns of the Swedish National arms came from Scandinavia to the Caribbean Sea.
The two pelicans are typical birds of the island. Last but not least, Ouanalao was the local name of the island.
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