Vacoas holds its name from a plant whose scientific name is "Pandamus" and which was found in large quantities in this region. Formerly, the leaves of this plant were used to make the bags and mats.


"Phoenix is a town of secondary importance, which bears the name of an ancient sugar estate now, of which only the souvenir remains.

This sugar estate was set up in 1846 at the merging place of two rivers. La Rivière du Mesnil and La Rivière Sèche, and was administered by Mr. Henry Barlow. The mill was disaffected in 1874 on account of financial depression and the building widowed of its machinery was destroyed by the severe cyclone of 1892."
"Phoenix" is also a variety of palm tree cultivated in mild regions.

In 1968, when the Town of Vacoas-Phoenix was raised to the status of Municipality, the Council had to be provided with a Coat of Arms. In June 1970, the Council approved a sketch submitted by the College of Arms of London which was responsible for effecting the design, text engrossment and registration of the document. By the end of the year the Town was endowed with its Armorial Bearings and the motto "Copia et Concordia" meaning harmony and abundance assigned at it.

About the Municipal Council
The Symbolism of the Coats of Arms
Salient Features of Vacoas-Phoenix


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