A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 03 eBook

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Snowy Mountains, and those of St Martin, the Roca Partida, or Pierced Rock, the rivers of Alvarado, and the Vanderas, Isla Blanca, Isla Verda, Isla de los Sacrificios, and early in the evening of Holy Thursday, 21st April, we arrived at the harbour of St Juan de Ulua.  While we were pointing out these places to the general, Puertocarrero came up to him, saying:  “These gentlemen seem to make an exhibition, as who should say, here you have the Montesinos of France, here you see the great and flourishing city of Paris, and so forth:  But I say, here you have the land of riches, and look well to your measures.”  Cortes perfectly understood the meaning of his words, to which he answered:  “GOD grant us good fortune in arms like the paladin Orlando; for having such gentlemen as you under my command, I shall know well how to bring our enterprize to a happy conclusion.”

[1] Diaz minutely enumerates and describes all the horses, mentioning who
    they all belonged to.—­E.

[2] According to Clavigero, II. 7. this armament, by which a great and
    populous empire was subverted, consisted of eleven vessels, carrying
    1O9 mariners, 508 soldiers, divided into eleven companies, ten
    field-pieces, four falconets, and sixteen horses.  Alaminos, who had
    been pilot to Cordavo and Grijalva, was chief pilot of this

[3] On a former occasion, the chaplain of the expedition was named
    Bartholome de Olmedo, but this other clergyman appears likewise to
    have attended the expedition.—­E.

[4] In Clavigero and other Spanish authors, this person is named de Olid,
    but Diaz uniformly gives him the name in the text.—­E.

[5] Diaz says that this was the expedition of Cordova; but that was in
    1517, two years before.  According to Clavigero, Aguilar had learnt the
    Maja language, which was spoken by the inhabitants of Yucutan and
    Cozumel, and became very useful to Cortes as his interpreter.—­E.

[6] This river is called Chiapa by Clavigero.—­E.

[7] Clavigero calls the field of battle the plain of Ceutla, where he
    says there was another Indian town not far distant from Tabasco.—­E.

[8] According to Clavigero, this place was named Madona della Vittoria,
    which was destroyed by the English about the middle of the seventeenth
    century, the inhabitants removing to Villahermosa, at a greater
    distance from the coast.—­E.

[9] There are no lions or tigers in America, but Europeans have loosely
    given these names to other species of the same genus, such as the
    felis onca, or jaguar; F. discolor or jaguarate; and F. concolor, or
    puma; which last is often called the American lion, and the jaguar is
    the Mexican tiger.—­E.

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