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or Teoatzinco.  Shortly afterwards three pitched battles with the Tlascalans.  The affair of Cholula.  On our entry into Mexico, I was at the seizure of Montezuma, which I do not enumerate as a warlike exploit, but on account of its great boldness.  Four months afterwards, when with 276 men, Cortes defeated Narvaez who had 1300.  The relief of Alvarado, when the Mexicans made incessant attacks upon us during eight days and nights, during which I reckon eight several battles, at all of which I was present, and in the course of which we lost 870 men.  The battle of Obtumba or Otompan.  A battle at Tepeaca.  A battle at Tezcuco.  Two battles, in one of which I was wounded in the throat by a lance.  Two actions about the maize fields near Chalco.  The rash attack on the fortresses called the Rocks of the Marquis in our expedition round the lake.  The battle of Cuernavaca.  Three battles at Xochimilco.  During the siege of Mexico, which lasted ninety-three days, I find by my account that I was engaged in upwards of eighty battles and skirmishes.  After the conquest, I was sent out on various expeditions to reduce Coatzacualco, Chiapa, and the Zapotecans, in which we had several engagements.  In Chamula and Cuitlan, two engagements.  In Teapa and Chematlan two others, in one of which I was badly wounded in the throat.  I forgot to mention, that we were pursued for nine days in our flight from Mexico, and had to fight four battles before the great one at Otompan.  Several actions in our expedition to Higueras and Honduras, during which in a battle at Culacotu I had a horse killed under me which cost 600 crowns.  After my return to Mexico, I went upon an expedition into the mountains against the Zapotecas and Mixtecas.  I have on the whole been present in one hundred and nineteen battles, engagements, and skirmishes; so that it is not wonderful if I praise myself for the many and notable services which I have rendered to God, his majesty and all Christendom:  And I give thanks and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ, who hath preserved me in so many dangers.

THE END OF BERNAL DIAZ.

[1] In this section Diaz gives a minute enumeration of the valiant
    companions who passed over to the conquest of Mexico with the most
    adventurous and most magnanimous Don Hernando Cortes, Marquis of the
    Valley
.  This must assuredly be a most valuable document to vast
    numbers of the present inhabitants of New Spain, by enabling them to
    trace their honourable descent from the conquerors; but, as totally
    uninteresting to the English reader, is here omitted.—­E.

[2] These are the ordinary municipal officers of Spanish townships,
    answerable to our mayors, aldermen, bailiffs, constables, &c.—­E.

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CHAPTER VI.

HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF PERU, BY FRANCISCO PIZARRO, WRITTEN BY AUGUSTINO ZARATE, TREASURER OF THAT KINGDOM, A FEW YEARS AFTER THE CONQUEST.

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