What Is Venezuela's National Motto?

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Historically, the national motto of the South American country of Venezuela is "Dios y Federacion." The English translation of the phrase is "God and Federation."

The phrase began its life as a valediction used in the written correspondence of the Federalists during the Federal War. After the war the federalist rebels formed a new government in Venezuela, and "Dios y Federacion" was incorporated into the national coat of arms. It remained part of the coat of arms in some way until the 1930s, when it was replaced with "Estados Unidos de Venezuela," a phrase celebrating the new republic of Venezuela.