Okay, most Dopers have at least a passing familiarity with the Hymn of the United States Marine Corps. The lyric goes:
From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country’s battles
in the air, on land, and sea
Okay, I know that the “shores of Tripoli” line harks back to the battles with the Barbary pirates. But where did they get that “halls of Montezuma” stuff? Chasing Pancho Villa across the Rio Grande? Fighting for the interests of the United Fruit Company?
Help me out here, someone. TIA.