Perhaps the Balsam of Capivi, which is of that
indurated balsam may be that of Tolu.—E.
 These were albinos, an accidental or diseased
rariety of the human
species, having chalky white skins, pure white hair, and a want of the
pigmentum nigrum of the eye. The white rabbit is a plentiful example
of animal albinos, which variety continues to propagate its kind.—E.
 According to Herrera, Dec. iv. lib. iij. c. 8.
and lib. iv. c. 1. as
quoted by Robertson, note cxxiv. the treasure which Cortes took over
with him consisted of 1500 marks of wrought plate, 200,000 pesos of
fine gold, and 10,000 of inferior standard; besides many rich jewels,
one in particular being worth 40,000 pesos. The value of this
enumerated treasure amounts to L.104,250 Sterling numerical value;
but estimating its efficient value in those days, with Robertson, as
equal to six times the present amount, it exceeds L.600,000.—E.
 Those who had worn the san benito, or penal
dress, in an auto de
fe. In the original translation the descendants of Indians are
included in this proscription, which certainly must be an error.—E.
 New Gallicia, to the north-west of Mexico and
upon the Pacific Ocean,
is now included in the Intendencia of Guadalaxara, and appears to
have been named Colima by the Mexicans.—E.
 Mechoacan, to the west of Mexico and reaching
to the south sea forms
now the Intendency of Valladolid.—E.
 For the information of some readers, it may be
proper to observe, that
the order of St John of Jerusalem, lately known by the name of the
order of Malta, then resided at Rhodes.—E.
 Santa Cruz is a small island in the Vermilion
sea, on the eastern
coast of California, in lat. 25º 23’ N. lon. 110º 47’ W. from
 This appears to be the country now called Cinaloa,
or Culiacan. The
strange appellation of the seven cities seems to have reference to
that fancied ancient Spanish colony which has been formerly spoken of
in the introduction to the discovery of Columbus.—E.
 This name, which is not to be found in any map,
is probably a mistake
for Zacatula, in lat. 18º N. on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, W.S.W.
 The expedition of Alvarado to Peru will be related
in the subsequent
chapter. Diaz merely gives this slight hint on the subject.—E.
 In the sixth section of this chapter,
it has been already mentioned
that Don Pedro Alvarado was married to Donna Luisa the daughter of
Xicotencatl, one of the princes or chiefs of Tlascala, through whom he
acquired a great inheritance, and by whom he had a son Don Pedro, and
a daughter Donna Leonora, married to Don Francisco de la Cueva, cousin
to the Duke of Albuquerque, by whom she had four or five sons. The
widow of Don Pedro destroyed in Guatimala, seems to have been a second