Travels Over the Table Lands and Cordilleras of Mexico, During the Years 1843 and 44: Including a Description of California, the Principal Cities and Mining Districts of that Republic, and the Biographies of Iturbide and Santa Anna

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J.W. Moore, 1846 - Mexico - 455 pages
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Page 155 - Human sacrifice, however cruel, has nothing in it degrading to its victim. It may be rather said to ennoble him, by devoting him to the gods. Although so terrible with the Aztecs, it was sometimes voluntarily embraced by them, as the most glorious death, and one that opened a sure passage into paradise.* The Inquisition, on the other hand, branded its victims with infamy in this world, and consigned them to everlasting perdition in the next.
Page 75 - Midway across the continent, somewhat % nearer the Pacific than the Atlantic ocean, at an elevation of nearly seven thousand five hundred feet, is the celebrated Valley of Mexico. It is of an oval form, about sixty-seven leagues in circumference, and is encompassed by a towering rampart of porphyritic rock, which nature seems to have provided, though ineffectually, to protect it from invasion.
Page 437 - Ramires y Sesma, and Don Antonio Gaona, as Chiefs of Armies, do solemnly acknowledge, sanction, and ratify, the full, entire, and perfect Independence of the Republic of Texas, with such boundaries as are hereafter set forth and agreed upon for the same. And they do solemnly and respectively pledge themselves, with all their personal and official attributes, to procure without delay, the final and complete ratification and confirmation of this agreement, and all the parts thereof, by the proper and...
Page 431 - FELLOW CITIZENS AND COMPATRIOTS,— I am besieged by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual bombardment for twenty-four hours and have not lost a man. The enemy have demanded a surrender at discretion; otherwise the garrison is to be put to the sword if the place is taken. I have answered the summons with a cannon shot and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. / shall never surrender or retreat.
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Page 99 - The first archbishop of Mexico, Don Juan de Zumarraga, — a name that should be as immortal as that of Omar, — collected these paintings from every quarter, especially from Tezcuco, the most cultivated capital in Anahuac, and the great depository of the national archives. He then caused them to be piled up in a "mountain-heap...
Page 121 - below them lay the city, spread out like a map, with its streets and canals intersecting each other at right angles, its terraced roofs blooming like so many parterres of flowers. Every place seemed alive with business and bustle — canoes were glancing up and down the canals — the streets were crowded with people, in their gay and picturesque costumes — while from the market-place, which they had so lately left, a confused hum of many sounds and voices rose up in the air.
Page 456 - This work is an evidence of refined taste ; the author's aim has been to interest the beginner by presenting to his view subjects easily copied. It cannot fail to become a popular work.
Page 155 - One may, perhaps, better understand the anomaly, by reflecting on the condition of some of the most polished countries in Europe, in the sixteenth century, after the establishment of the modern Inquisition ; an institution, which yearly destroyed its thousands, by a death more painful than the Aztec sacrifices ; which armed the hand of brother against brother, and, setting its burning seal upon the lip, did more to stay the march of improvement than any other scheme ever devised by human cunning....
Page 417 - ... the mask as soon as possible, and make themselves known, which could not have happened if I had not given up my power. I reassembled the congress, I abdicated the crown, and I requested permission, through the minister of relations, to exile myself from my native country. I surrendered my power, because I was already free from the obligations which irresistibly compelled me to accept it. The country did not want my services against foreign enemies, because at that time it had none. As to her...

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