From the circumstance of the gold, it is probable
Yuste and his
companions had been slain on their retreat from Mexico, not on their
way there as stated in the text. From this and other similar incidents,
of parties of Spaniards having been slain in different places after
the retreat from Mexico, it is highly probable that several detached
parties made their escape, who missed forming a junction with Cortes.
He, it will be recollected, made a detour round the west and south
sides of the lake; and it is probable that they had turned to the east,
as the nearest and most direct way to Tlascala and Villa Rica.—E.
 Clavigero, II. 146, exaggerates the armed escort
to 30,000 Tlascalan
warriors, commanded by three chiefs, Chichimecatl, Ayotecatl, and
Teotlipil. Diaz calls the two last, Teuleticle and Teatical; but
though his facts are fully more to be depended upon, Clavigero may be
accounted better versant in Mexican orthography.—E.
 Clavigero, II. 146, quotes Diaz as saying that
it extended six miles
from front to rear. This may very likely have been the case, but Diaz
nowhere specifies the length of the line.—E.
 Clavigero says, 350 Spanish infantry, 25 horsemen,
Tlascalans, with six small cannon.—E.
 Clavigero, II. 147, says that Cortes endeavoured
at this time, but in
vain, to come to an amicable agreement with the court of Mexico.—E.
 In this expedition Cortes appears, by the information
II. 152, to have crossed the southern mountains of the Mexican vale,
and to have reduced Huastepec, Jautepec, Quauhnahuac, and other towns
belonging to the Tlahuicas, who were subject to the Mexican empire;
thus judiciously using his endeavours to strengthen his own party and
to weaken that of the Mexicans, before proceeding to assail the
capital of that powerful empire.—E.
 This beautiful city was the largest in the vale
of Mexico, after the
capital and the royal residences of Tezcuco and Tlacopan, and was
famous for its floating gardens, whence it derived its name,
signifying flower gardens in the Mexican language.—Clavig. II. 155.
 Diaz mentions a poem circulated at the time,
as beginning in
reference to the melancholy of Cortes on this occasion, somewhat in the
In Tacuba was
Cortes, with many a gallant chief;
He thought upon his losses, and bow’d his head with grief.
 Clavigero, II. 159, carries the number of allies
which joined Cortes
on this occasion, to more than 200,000 men. In his enumeration of the
several divisions of the army appointed for the investment of Mexico,
Diaz makes the Indian allies very little more than 24,000 warriors.—E.