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Deutschmeister Teutonic Eagle and Cross coat of arms with a subtle "Deutscher Orden" logo below the cross .........................Symbol of the Teutonic Knights, the black crusader cross on a white background emblazened with the Eagle of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. At the tips of the cross are fleur de lis gifted to the Order by the King of France................ The Teutonic Knights crusaded in the Baltic States area, converted all its pagan tribes and governments to Christianity and populated the areas with German colonists. In the process they created a Monastic State that lasted 300 years, encompassing West Prussia, East Prussia and Livonia ( today's Latvia and Estonia) . .................... The State of the Teutonic Order was a monastic military government ruled by elected Grand Masters. Their state was named in short, Deutschordensland; also known as the Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights. It was formed during the Teutonic Knights' conquest of the pagan West-Baltic Old Prussians in 1224 during the Northern Crusades.................. In its first 200 years, the Teutonic Order was invincible. Its heavy cavalry of ordained monks clad in white surcoats with black crosses, numbering some 3000 men, were the best in Europe and formed the core of an outstanding military machine. Superbly disciplined, mounted, equipped, trained and experienced, the Teutonic Knights had no equals in Europe let alone the Baltic region.
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