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Associated user:
Harney, William Selby  Search this
Physical Description:
leather (overall material)
metal, brass (overall material)
metal, iron (overall material)
metal, silver (overall material)
wood (overall material)
cast (overall production method/technique)
drawn (overall production method/technique)
stamped (overall production method/technique)
tanned (overall production method/technique)
Object Name:
Saddle, Stock
Place made:
Mexico
Location where used:
Mexico
Date made:
ca. 1840-1860
Description:
This military saddle, decorated with the Mexican national emblem, was taken as a battle trophy during the Mexican War after the American victory at Cerro Gordo, Mexico.
In 1848, the United States defeated Mexico in a war for control of the southwestern territory that extended from Texas to California. Many Americans hailed the victory as fulfilling their "manifest destiny" to expand across the continent. But expansion also posed new challenges to American democracy, including the extension of slavery and preserving the rights of Mexican citizens living in the ceded territory.
Location:
Currently not on view (strap; strap fragment)
Subject:
Horseback Riding  Search this
Related event:
Mexican War  Search this
Battle of Cerro Gordo, 1847  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Mary E. Harney
ID Number:
CL.005664
Accession number:
22920
Catalog number:
5664
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Cultural and Community Life: Ethnic
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Military
Government, Politics, and Reform
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-873a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_659660