The History of Mexico, Volume 1

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T. Dobson, 1817 - Indians of Mexico
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Page 284 - ... of veracity, it could contain three thousand people. Besides this palace he had others, both within and without the capital. In Mexico, besides the seraglio for his wives, there was lodging for all his ministers and counsellors and all the officers of his household and court; and also accommodation for foreign lords who arrived there, and particularly for the two allied kings.
Page 104 - Indians are of a good stature, generally rather exceeding than falling short of the middle size, and well proportioned in all their limbs: they have good complexions, narrow foreheads, black eyes, clean, firm, regular, white teeth, thick, black, coarse, glossy hair, thin beards, and generally no hair. upon their legs, thighs and arms. Their skin is of an olive colour. There is scarcely a nation, perhaps, upon earth, in which there are fewer persons deformed; and it would be more difficult to find...
Page 63 - Zopilots, properly so called, have black feathers, with a brown . bill and feet ; they go often in flocks, and roost together upon trees. This species is very numerous, and is to be found in all the different climates ; while, on the contrary, the Cozcaquauhtli is far from numerous, and is peculiar to the warmer climates alone.
Page 107 - Spaniards, who cannot diftinguifh patience from infenfibility, nor diflruft from ingratitude, fay proverbially, that the Indians are alike infenfible to injuries and to benefits (<?). That habitual diftruft which they entertain of all who are not of their own nation, prompts them often to lie and betray ; fo that good faith certainly has not been fo much refpefted among them as it deferves.
Page 283 - ... fruit, and herbs of that country. Three or four hundred noble youths carried this dinner in form; presented it as soon as the king sat down to table, and immediately retired ; and, that it might not grow cold, every dish was accompanied with its chafing-dish. The king marked, with a rod which he had in his hand, the meats which he chose, and the rest were distributed among the nobles who were in the antechamber.
Page 282 - They spoke low and with the head inclined, and received the answers which the king gave them, by means of his secretaries, as attentively and humbly, as if it had been the voice of an oracle. In taking leave, no person ever turned his back upon the throne.
Page 287 - One of these woods was upon an island in the lake, known at present, among the Spaniards, by the name of Pinon. " Of all these palaces, gardens, and woods, there is now remaining the wood of Chapoltepec only, which the Spanish viceroys have preserved for their pleasure. All the others were destroyed by the conquerors. They laid in ruins the most magnificent buildings of antiquity, sometimes from an indiscreet zeal for religion, sometimes in revenge, or to make use of their materials.
Page 367 - ... complete weeks, in which particular our method is excelled by the Mexican ; for our weeks are not contained exactly in the month nor in the year. The period of religious weeks was contained twice in their religious month and twenty-eight times in the year ; but in the latter there remained a day over, as there is in our * Plutarch, de Isike Osiride.
Page 284 - When he alighted from the litter, to walk on foot, they spread carpets, that he might not touch the earth with his feet. " The grandeur and magnificence of his palaces, houses of pleasure, woods, and gardens, were correspondent to this majesty.
Page 282 - Cortez says that they covered the floor of a great hall, and that there were dishes of every kind of game, fish, fruit, and herbs of that country. Three or four hundred noble youths carried this dinner in form; presented it as soon as the...