Knights Templar Belt

Knights Templar Belt

This is a belt worn by a Mexican Soldier in the Mexican American War. The caption states "By this Cross, you will Conquer." Mexico was a primarily Catholic nation, having kept that tradition from its breakaway from its prior colonial master of Spain. Many elements of the Mexican Army were deeply religious, and hoped their God would preserve them in the battles against America. Ironically, the wearer of this belt saw part of his country conquered.