Letters of Cortes: The Five Letters of Relation from Fernando Cortes to the Emperor Charles V.

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G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1908
 

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الصفحة 144 - I have provided with so much diligence that in two of the three places where I discovered the sea, two medium-sized caravels and two brigantines are being built; the caravels for the purpose of discovering, and the brigantines to follow the coast. For this purpose, I sent, under a reliable person, forty Spaniards, amongst whom go shipmasters, ship-carpenters...
الصفحة 16 - I told them, through the interpreters, that they had already known the good treatment I had always shown them, and that, in leaving their country and the rest, they had done wrong; but, inasmuch as they promised to be our friends, they must inhabit their homes, and bring back their wives and children, and I would treat them according to their deeds. They went back, as it seemed to us, not very well content. When the lord of Mexico and Temixtitan, and all the other lords of Culua (when this name of...
الصفحة 51 - En Tacuba está Cortés con su escuadrón esforzado, triste estaba y muy penoso, triste y con gran cuidado, la una mano en la mejilla, y la otra en el costado, etc.
الصفحة 217 - I have also explained to Your Caesarian Majesty the need for plants of all kinds; for every species of agriculture may flourish here; but nothing has been so far provided, and I again pray Your Majesty to order a provision from the Casa de Contrataci6n at Seville, so that no ship be allowed to sail without bringing a certain number of plants which would favour the population and prosperity of the country.
الصفحة 59 - April 1 of the said year, I made a review of all my people and found eighty-six horsemen, a hundred and eighteen bowmen and musketeers, seven hundred and odd foot soldiers with swords and shields, three heavy iron guns, fifteen small bronze field pieces and ten cwt. of powder. Having finished the review, I charged and recommended all the Spaniards to obey and comply with the ordinances which I had made respecting the conduct of the war, and to be merry, and keep up their courage inasmuch as they...
الصفحة 127 - ... permission to our friends to attack them, than by those two field pieces, which caused some destruction. As this also brought no result, I ordered the signal of the musket to be fired, whereupon the corner they still held was immediately taken, and those who were in it were forced into the water, and others who had not fought surrendered. The brigantines swiftly entered that lake, and broke into the midst of the fleet of canoes, and the warriors no longer ventured to fight. It pleased God that...
الصفحة 144 - I discovered the sea, two medium-sized caravels and two brigantines are being built : the caravels for the purpose of discovering, and the brigantines to follow the coast. For this purpose, I sent, under a reliable person, forty Spaniards, amongst whom go ship-masters, ship-carpenters, wood-sawyers, blacksmiths, and seamen ; and I have sent to the city for nails, sails, and other things necessary for the said ships, and all possible haste will be used to finish and launch them. Your Majesty may believe...
الصفحة 200 - ... but now— our Lord be praised— they are in such a condition that, between the Feast of the Holy Ghost and that of St. John in June, they will be ready for navigation if the tar does not fail me, for I have not been able to replace that which was burned, though I have ordered more to be sent me. I attach more importance to these ships than I can say, for I am positive that— God willing— I shall discover for Your Majesty more kingdoms and dominions than all those discovered up till now,...
الصفحة 160 - ... journey from the province, and many went thither and saw it, and they told me also that it is very rich in pearls and gold. I shall strive to ascertain the truth and when I am able to do so, I shall make a full account to your Majesty.17 Elsewhere in the same Letter Cortes reports that his lieutenant had seized "a woman whom all in those parts obeyed and everything quieted down because she sent to all the chiefs and commanded them to observe whatever was ordered in your Majesty's name, as she...
الصفحة 93 - ... soldiers, among whom were more than twenty-five crossbowmen and harquebusiers, and a huge number of our allies, I continued my march and moved as far up the other, narrower road as I was able. But at the entrance to it I halted the horsemen and ordered them on no account to move from there, nor to follow me unless I first ordered them to do so. I then dismounted and we arrived at a barricade they had built at the end of a bridge which we took with a small field gun, supported by the crossbowmen...

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