An Account of the Conquest of Guatemala in 1524, Issue 3

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Cortes Society, 1924 - Central America - 146 pages
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Page 101 - May the Almighty have your imperial majesty in His great and holy keeping! In witness whereof, I have caused the great seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed, and have subscribed the same with my name, at the city of Washington, in America, the seat of my government, on the thirteenth day of the month of November, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two. [Seal attached] Your good friend, MILLAHD FILLMORE By the President: EDWARD EVERETT Secretary of State...
Page 95 - I tell you that I want the gold here within five days. Woe to you if you do not give it. I know my heart.
Page 63 - ... and with these men and those that were already with me, I made an expedition and chased them and threw them out of the entire country. And seeing the damages which they had suffered, they sent me messengers to tell me that now they wished to be good, and that if they had erred, it had been at the order of their chiefs, and that while their chiefs had been living they dared not do otherwise, but as now their chiefs were dead they prayed me to pardon them, and I spared their lives, and ordered...
Page 98 - ... year after the Revolt. During the tenth year the war continued with the Castilians. But the Castilians having received aid in this tenth year at Xepau, carried on the war with such vigor that they destroyed the forces of the nation. Tunatiuh then went forth from Xepau, and so harassed us that the people would not come before him. There were lacking one hundred and twenty days to complete two years since we had abandoned the capital, now deserted, when Tunatiuh came there on his march in order...
Page 63 - I wanted to burn them, told me, as it will appear in their confessions, that they were the ones who had ordered the war against me and were the ones also who made it. They told me about the way they were to do so, to burn me in the city, and that with this thought (in their minds) they had brought me there, and that they had ordered their vassals not to come and give obedience to our Lord the Emperor, nor help us, nor do anything else that was right. And as I knew them to have such a bad disposition...
Page 58 - Then we awaited all our people and gathered together, and went to camp a league away near some springs because there we had no water and were suffering greatly from thirst, and as we were very tired, any place was a good site to camp. As the country was flat I took the lead with thirty horsemen. Many of us had taken along a relay of horses. The rest of the men came in a body, and then I dismounted to drink the water. While dismounted and drinking, we saw many warriors approaching and we allowed them...
Page 60 - Utatlan, where they afterwards brought me, thinking that they would lodge me there, and that when thus encamped, they would set fire to the town some night and burn us all in it, without the possibility of resistance. And in truth their evil plan would have come to pass but that God our Lord did not see good that these infidels should be victorious over us, for this city is very strong, and there are only two ways of entering it...
Page 104 - Alvarado advanced fighting, they should pretend to retreat, and as he would go on pursuing them to where over six thousand warriors, men from Utatlan and other pueblos subject to them were laying in wait there they intended to kill them (the Spaniards). Pedro de Alvarado and all his soldiers fought with them with the highest courage, and the Indians wounded twenty-six or...
Page 65 - I wish Your Grace to know that the country is healthy and the climate temperate, and well populated, with many strong towns, and that this city is well built and wonderfully strong, and has much cornland and many people subject to it, the which, with all the subject towns and neighbourhoods, I have placed under the yoke and in the service of the royal crown of His Majesty.
Page 53 - I was to come to conquer and pacify the provinces that might not be willing to place themselves under the dominion of His Majesty, I asked of them as his vassals (for as such they had offered themselves to Your Grace) the favor and assistance and passage through their country; that by so doing, they would act as good and loyal vassals of His Majesty and that they would be greatly favored and supported in all justice by me and the Spaniards in my company; and if not, I threatened to make war on them...

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