The Ambrosita Dagger

The Ambrosita Dagger is a dagger that was crafted in 1820 to assist Mexico in claiming independence, which was finally accomplished in 1821, with the assistance of the Ambrosita Dagger. According to the dagger’s creator, Emanuel Velasquez, “The Ambrosita Dagger, if held in the hands of a leader in battle, will assure victory to the side that possesses the dagger in a particular battle” (in an excerpt retrieved from his journal).

Emanuel Velasquez was born in 1789 in a territory east of the Sierra Madre Oriental, known as La Huasteca, in the southeastern region of Mexico. La Huasteca is presently recognized for the emergence of the musical style known as son huapango, a style that is sung in pairs and relies on call-and-response forms of music. Velasquez, a revolutionary of his time, crafted the dagger from silver, with a decorated birch tree handle. The creation of the power of the dagger remains unknown, as Velasquez refused to disclose the information, even in the face of his executioner in 1835, when he was put to death, along with his wife and two sons.

The dagger was lost until the year 1865, when it was again used in assisting Mexico with victory, this time against the French, until they were finally expelled from the country in 1867. The dagger remained with Porfirio Diaz, Mexico’s dictator from 1876 to 1911, who kept the dagger in his personal quarters. In 1911, with the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution, Diaz was put to death, and the dagger has not yet been recovered.

By Kathryn Messenger