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[20] Reckoning the mark at eight ounces, the gold at L.4, and the silver
    at 5s 6d. per oz. this royal fifth would come to L.108,000, and the
    whole treasure to five times that sum, or L.540,000.  But as the
    precious metals were then worth at least six times as much as now,
    or would purchase six times the amount of labour or necessaries,
    this first fruit of the conquest of Peru exceeded the value of three
    millions sterling.—­E.

[21] Of this tragical event, the illustrious Historian of America, gives a
    somewhat different account, II. 310, from Herrera and Garcilasso de la
    Vega; which, as much too long for a note, is subjoined in the text to
    the narrative of Zarate, and distinguished by inverted commas.—­E.

[22] Probably the district now called Jauja:  as the x and j have nearly
    the same sound in Spanish with the aspirated Greek xi.—­E.

[23] Apparently Guancavelica, in which is the town of Vilca-bamba.—­E.

[24] This name of Paul could hardly be Peruvian.  Manco Capac, a full
    brother of Huascar, had been recognized as Inca at Cuzco; perhaps the
    person named Paul by Zarate, is the same prince who is called Paullu
    by Gardilasso, and may have received that name in baptism at an after

[25] This it probably an error of the press for Condesugo.  To the south
    of Cusco, and in the plain of Peru, there are two contiguous districts
    named the Condesuyos of Arequipa and Cusco, which are probably the
    province alluded to in the text.  The term seems Spanish; but it is not
    unusual with Zarate to substitute posterior names to those of the
    period concerning which he writes.—­E.

[26] This paragraph is added from the history of America, II. 313, to the
    text of Zarate, as necessary to account for the subsequent operations
    of Pizarro, after the secession of a considerable part of his original

[27] Tumbez seems here substituted by mistake for Payta.  San Miguel is not
    less than 130 miles from Tumbez, and only about 30 from Payta—­E.

[28] From the subsequent operations of Alvarado, this seems an error of
    the press for Quito.—­E.

[29] Probably that now called Riobamba by the Spaniards, about 100 miles
    south from Quito.—­E.

[30] Garcilasso says that the soldiers of both armies, being mostly
    natives of Estremedura, mixed together without permission of their
    officers, and made propositions of peace and amity, by which the
    generals were in a great measure forced to an agreement.

[31] Two thousand marks of gold of eight ounces each, and the ounce at
    four pound Sterling are worth L.64,000, perhaps equivalent to near
    L.460,000 of modern money.—­E.

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