Quo Fata Ferunt: Bermuda’s homage to Virgil’s Aeneid

Bermuda’s national motto is the Latin phrase, “Quo Fata Ferunt“, which can be translated as “Whither the Fates Carry Us“.

It connotes an ability to respond to changing weather, fate and fortune, and dogged perservance in adverse circumstances.

The words come from a phrase used by Virgil in Book V of the Aeneid, and they are just as aptly used to describe the remarkable voyage of Sir George Somers and the Sea Venture, as they are to Aeneas’ journey.

For an informative account of the historical significance of this phrase, see a letter by George Cook to The Royal Gazette on 16 December 2015: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20151216/COMMENT03/151219776

Wikipedia also has a brief summary of Bermuda’s Coat of Arms and motto: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Bermuda




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