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[2] In Clavigero, II. 29. the army of Cortes on this occasion is stated
    to have amounted to 415 Spanish infantry and 16 cavalry.—­E.

[3] In Clavigero, II. 31.  Iztacmaxitlan is said to have been the next
    stage after leaving Xocotla, and is described as a populous district,
    with a strong city or fortress on a high rock, defended by barbicans
    and ditches.—­E.

[4] In Clavigero, II. 31.  Xicocentcatl Maxicatizin, is given as the name
    of one chief; and only three other lords or great caciques are said
    to have then borne sway in the Tlascalan republic, Tlekul, Xolotzin,
    and Citlalpocatzin.  The person named Chichimecatecle by Diaz, is
    called Chichimeca Teuchtli by Clavigero:  But it is impossible to
    reconcile the differences between these authors respecting the other
    names of the chiefs, nor is it important.—­E.

[5] Clavigero, II. 37. says the grand standard of the republic of Tlascala,
    used on this occasion, was a golden eagle with expanded wings.—­E.

[6] According to Clavigero, II. 37.  Xicotencatl, to show how little he
    regarded the Spaniards, sent them 300 turkeys and two hundred baskets
    of tamalli, to recruit their strength before the approaching
    battle.—­E.

[7] Called the son of Chichimeca Teuctli by Clavigero; perhaps his name
    was Guaxocingo, and Diaz, after a long interval of time, transposed
    the names of the father and son.—­E.

[8] It has been already mentioned that Clavigero writes these two as the
    names of one man, Xicotencatl Maxicatzin, informing us that the latter
    name signifies the elder.—­E.

[9] This place, so often mentioned by Diaz, seems to be the same called
    Huexotzinco by Clavigero.—­E.

SECTION VII

Events during the March of the Spaniards from Tlascala to Mexico.

After a stay of seventeen days, in Tlascala to refresh ourselves after our late severe fatigues, and for the recovery of our wounded companions, it was resolved to resume our march to the city of Mexico, though the rich settlers of Cuba still endeavoured to persuade Cortes to return to Villa Rica.  This resolution also gave much uneasiness to our new Tlascalan allies, who used every argument to make us distrust the courteous manners of Montezuma and his subjects, whom they alleged to be extremely treacherous, and would either fall upon and destroy us on the first favourable opportunity, or would reduce us to slavery.  In the event of hostilities between us and the Mexicans, they exhorted us to kill them all young and old.  Cortes thanked them for their friendly counsel, and offered to negociate a treaty of peace and amity between them and the Mexicans; but they would by no means consent to this measure, saying that the Mexican government would employ peace

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