Nail

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NAIL, A measure of length, equal to two inches and a quarter. Vide Measure.

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Was it because someone had sabotaged the king's horseshoe nail supply chain?
REMEMBER the nursery rhyme " For want of a nail", where a kingdom was lost all because of a horseshoe nail.
They eventually reach the spot Cabeza de vaca describes as the buckle and horseshoe nail place.
For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost, for the want of a shoe the horse was lost and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail.
It's like the caveat from "For want of a nail"--the classic nursery rhyme in which the missing horseshoe nail causes the loss of the kingdom--but it's playing out for real in our post-9/11 world.