NE CEDE MALIS

“Ne Cede Malis” is the motto associated with Jonas Bronck and his life’s work . the quote can be found today in The Bronx heraldic crest. Few know today what it means and what its synbolik ie us. Straightly translated, there are two meanings: “Do not yield for challenges” or “Do not yield for evil.”

There is a philosophical line in the whole story of Jonas Bronck . Here we sailor and captain who thirsted for peace in a world of war. He was forced away from his parents in early childhood when war existed between Sweden and Denmark. During his career, he chose the merchant category instead of war fleet. When he left Europe for the New World, he chose carefully his ship and his family crest: “Troy’s fire” was the ship’s name (translated), which related at the return of the burning of Troy after ingestion and destruction. This is a war against Athén. Homer wrote about this in The Iliad. The Roman poet Virgil was inspired by Homer and claimed in the Aeneid, “the journey continue towards the founding of Rome.” In the Aeneid , we find the quotes surrounding the heraldic weapon. In Bronckska weapon, we can see Jonas’ vision, a sunrise over the ocean’s horizon. Above the shield, we see the Roman eagle with outstretched wings. The eagle stands on the northern hemisphere. The image of an educated 1600 talsman emerges. His stone house that he built, he called “Emmaus” by the passage in the Bible where the disciples first contact with the return of Jesus. If one adds to his peace treaty with natives from the neighborhood, we get a beautiful picture of Jonas Bronck. We are even now not entirely sure if Jonas Bronck himself drew his heraldic crest or if it is a recent product of the family. However, there is a tradition of a ring and a silver cup from the early 1600s with the weapon on it. However, these are missing since many years. This is an exciting track that we will further develop via our research.

The main question for the future is, after all : What made Jonas Bronck to take this particular quote? What setbacks did he mean? What evil did he refer to?

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