The Spanish Conquest in America: And Its Relation to the History of Slavery and to the Government of Colonies, Volumen 1

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Página 213 - 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 169 - I have," says Las Casas. :) It must have been in the nature of Velazquez to forgive heartily, for we find that he not only did not molest...
Página 351 - Tlascalans their language was more insulting and much more minutely descriptive. Throwing to them the roasted flesh of their companions and of the Spanish soldiers, they shouted, "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 190 - 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 204 - 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 230 - ... 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 (eccesrivamente moltiflicati, 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 176 - DIAZ, cap. 20. and round the border were the words in Latin, "Let us follow the Cross, and in that sign we shall conquer.
Página 6 - Rico, when the Jeronimite Fathers were there, gave occasion to Las Casas to complain of this proceeding to the Fathers, who, however, did nothing in the way of remedy or punishment. The reader will be surprised to hear the Clerigo's authority for this deplorable narrative. It is Juan Bono himself 'From his own mouth I heard that which I write.
Página 232 - War" was, they found two hideous creatures seated on an altar and under a canopy, large and bulky figures, the one representing Huitzilopochtli and the other Tezcatlipuk. The God of War had a broad face, wide mouth, and terrible eyes. He was covered with gold, pearls, and precious stones, and was girt about with golden serpents. In one hand he held a bow, in the other arrows. A little idol, his page, stood by him, holding a lance and a golden shield. On Huitzilopochtli's neck, a fitting ornament,...
Página 263 - ... the victory. In the encounter, Narvaez lost an eye : he was afterwards sent as a prisoner to Vera Cruz. His men, not without resistance on the part of some of them, ultimately ranged themselves under the banner of Cortes ; and thus was a great danger 1 turned into a welcome succour.

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