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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 656 pages of information about A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels Volume 04.
where the gold and silver was assessed for the royal fifth, he would rise from his chair to pick up the small pieces which started from the scissars; observing that if the hands failed on such occasions, a loyal subject ought to use his mouth to serve the king.  As these two great men resembled each other in many things during their lives, so in their deaths they were alike unfortunate:  the president being put to death by the brother of the marquis, and the marquis slain by the son of the president.

The marquis was exceedingly anxious for the improvement of the country, giving every encouragement to the cultivation of the soil, and the establishment of colonies of Spaniards in different places.  He built for himself a fine house or palace in the city of Lima, and had two sluices constructed on the river to drive mills for its supply; employing much of his leisure in superintending the workmen, and instructing the overseers how he wished the works to be carried on.  He was particularly diligent in procuring the erection of a great and handsome church in Lima, and monasteries for the Dominicans and the order of Mercy; both of whom he endowed with ample estates in lands and Indians.

[1] The festival of St John the Evangelist is on the 5th May but the
    assasination of the Marquis did not take place till the 26th June
    1541.—­E.

[2] In a former note, it has been mentioned, on the authority of Robertson,
    that Francisco de Alcantara was the uncle of Pizarro by his mother;
    yet Garcilasso calls him his brother, and perhaps he was so by a
    different father.—­E.

[3] The language of the French translator is here rather equivocal, but
    distinctly bears the construction here given of the marquis being at
    supper in the house of de Alcantara.—­E.

[4] By Garcilasso, Velasquez is called the Chief Justice.—­E.

[5] Garcilasso, quoting Zarate, says that the body was dragged to church
    by some negroes; the French translator says quelques miserables.—­E.

[6] According to Garcilasso, the marquis had only one son and one daughter,
    Don Francisco being the son of his brother Gonzalo.  Don Gonzalo, the
    only son of the marquis, was born of a daughter of Atahualpa, not a
    sister, named Angelina.  Donna Francisca was the marquises daughter by
    Ynes Huayllas Nusta, a daughter of the Inca Huana Capac, whose
    Christian name was Donna Beatrix.—­E.

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CHAPTER VII.

CONTINUATION OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF PERU, AFTER THE DEATH OF FRANCISCO PIZARRO, TO THE DEFEAT OF GONZALO PIZARRO, AND THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF TRANQUILITY IN THE COUNTRY; WRITTEN BY AUGUSTINO ZARATE[1].

SECTION I.

From the revival of the civil wars in Peru, to the close of the administration of Vaca de Castro, the first governor appointed from Spain.

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