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Página 221 - And when we saw from thence so many cities and towns rising up from the water, and other populous places situated on the Terra-firma, and that causeway, straight as a level, which went into Mexico, we remained astonished, and said to one another that it appeared like the enchanted castles which they tell of in the book of Amadis, by reason of the great towers, temples, and edifices which there were in the water, and all of them work of masonry. Some even of our soldiers asked if this that they saw...
Página 359 - Eat of the flesh of these teules and of your brothers, for we are quite satiated with it ; and, look you, for the houses you have pulled down, we shall have to make you build in their place much better ones with stones, and laminse of stones, and likewise with hewn stone and lime, and the houses will be painted.
Página 198 - As soon as the space was marked out, the pioneers carefully levelled the ground, and removed every impediment that might interrupt its perfect 90 regularity. Its form was an exact quadrangle; and we may calculate, that a square of about seven hundred yards was sufficient for the encampment of twenty...
Página 212 - I was not a little pleased on seeing their want of harmony, as it seemed favorable to my designs, and would enable me to bring them more easily into subjection, according to the common saying, De Monte, fyc. I likewise applied to this case the authority of the Evangelist, who says, " Every kingdom divided against itself shall be rendered desolate...
Página 103 - The most prominent personage in the Isthmian Pantheon was Dabaiba, a goddess who controlled the thunder and lightning, and with their aid devastated the lands of those who displeased her. In South America, thunder and lightning were held to be the instruments used by the sun to inflict punishment upon its enemies, which makes it probable that Dabaiba was a transformed sun-goddess. Pilgrims resorted from afar to her temple at Uraba, bringing costly presents and human victims, who were...
Página 238 - ... elevation above the surface of the water. These were the first fields which the Mexicans owned after the foundation of Mexico ; there they first cultivated the maize, great pepper, and other plants, necessary for their support. In progress of time, as those fields grew numerous (eccessivamente moltiplicati, orig.) from the industry of those people, there were among them gardens of flowers and odoriferous plants, which were employed in the worship of their gods, and served for the recreation of...
Página 182 - His banner displayed a colored cross on a black ground, with white and blue flames scattered about it, and round the border were the words in Latin, " Let us follow the Cross, and in that sign we shall conquer."!
Página 6 - Juan Bono acknowledged that never in his life had he met with the kindness of father or mother but in the island of Trinidad. 'Well, then, man of perdition, why did you reward them with such ungrateful wickedness and cruelty ? ' ' On my faith, padre, because they (he meant the Auditors) gave me for destruction (he meant instruction) to take them in peace, if I could not by war.
Página 236 - Obsidian, jade, and Lydian-stone, are three minerals, which nations ignorant of the use of copper or iron, have in all ages employed for making keen-edged weapons. . . . This variety of lava...
Página 117 - ... half, which comforted us greatly, for we were in tears, only expecting the hour of perishing; and when that holy light was going away from us it gave out so great a brilliancy in the eyes of each, that we were near a quarter-of-an-hour like people blinded, and calling out for mercy.