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Mayflower Lions

The cold and snow here lately have kept me from wandering around much, but today I came across two plaques/coats-of-arms outside of the Mayflower Hotel.  The first contains the motto "Plus ultra" which is the national motto of Spain and translates as the aspirational but vague, "Further Beyond".  The second appears to be the Bulgarian national motto (in french) "L'Union fait la force" which translates as "Unity Makes Strength".  Belgium uses the same motto and the Haitian coat-of-arms contains the french version as well.  The Mayflower has a long history that seems equal parts grand and salacious.  I wonder if it means the royalty of the respective countries have stayed there.  That could be a future research project.

Bulgarian Coat-of-Arms outside of the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC

Spanish Coat-of-Arms outside of the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC