Seal of Massachusetts

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The Seal of the State of Massachusetts. The seal has a shield in the center with a Algonquin Native American holding a bow and arrow. Around the shield, is a blue ribbon with the state motto, ‘Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem” which means “By the sword we seek peace, but only under liberty.”


William Dwight Whitney The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1911)


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