The True History of the Conquest of Mexico, Volume 2

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by Joshua Cushing, for Cushing & Appleton, 1803 - Mexico
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Page 100 - Before we arrived at our quarters, and while the enemy were pursuing us, we heard their shrill tymbals, and the dismal sound of the great drum, from the top of the principal temple of the god of war, which overlooked the whole city. Its mournful noise was such as may be imagined the music of the infernal gods, and it might be heard at the distance of almost three leagues. They were then sacrificing the hearts of ten of our companions to their idols.
Page 100 - ... three leagues. They were then sacrificing the hearts of ten of our companions to their idols. Shortly after this the king of Mexico's horn was blown, giving notice to his captains that they were then to take their enemies prisoners, or die in the attempt.
Page 100 - Cortes and his officers, and that we mould meet the fame fate with our companions ; they then marched up, and, fighting us foot to foot, compelled us to retreat. We as ufual...
Page 147 - Majefty would be pleafed not to fufrer any fcholars, or men of letters, to come into this country, to throw us into confufion, with their learning., quibbles, and books.
Page 99 - Olea, cutting off with one stroke of his sword the arm of a Mexican who held him, and killing four of the enemy, liberated his general, at the expense of his own life. Other soldiers arriving to the assistance of Cortes, they took him out of the water in their arms, and, placing him on a horse, hurried him off from the crowd of his enemies.
Page 423 - I tell you that their tombs are the maws of cannibal Indians, who devoured their limbs, and of tigers, ferpents, and birds of prey, which feafted on their mangled bodies. Such were their...
Page 424 - At this moment," he continues, "there only remain alive five of the companions of Cortes, and we are very old, and bowed down with infirmities, and very poor, and with a heavy charge of sons to provide for, and of daughters to marry off, and grandchildren to maintain, and little rent to do it withal ! and thus we pass our lives in pain, in labor, and in sorrow.
Page 104 - ... to the place where they were to be sacrificed, which bloody ceremony was accompanied by the mournful sound of all the instruments of the temple. We perceived that when they had brought the unfortunate victims to the flat summit of the body of the temple, where were the adoratories, they put plumes upon their heads, and, with a kind of fan in the hand of each, made them dance before their accursed idols. When they had done this, they laid them...
Page 122 - Guatemozin, who was attended by an escort of infantry, entered the presence of his great enemy and conqueror with a, calm and steady step. Cortes arose, and advanced to meet his prisoner with a dignified and studied courtesy. Guatemozin was the first to speak. " Malinche," said he, " I have done that which was my duty in the defence of my kingdom and people;. my efforts have failed, and being now brought a prisoner before you, draw that poignard from your side and slay me.
Page 91 - I have mentioned, cross, ed the water, up to our necks, at the pass they had left open, and followed them until we came to a place where were large temples and towers of idols.

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