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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.

At the time when the viceroy was received at Lima, Pedro de Puelles, who was lieutenant of Guanuco under Vaca de Castro, came among the first to pay his compliments and to tender submission to his authority.  As he had resided long in Peru, and had great experience in the affairs of that country, the viceroy gave him a new commission, by which he was confirmed in the lieutenancy of Guanuco, to which city he was sent back, with orders to hold the inhabitants in readiness to take the field with their horses and arms in case of need.  Puelles not only prepared the people of his government for taking the field, but even retained in his pay some soldiers who had come from the province of Chachapoyas along with Gomez de Soliz and Bonefaz.  Thinking it necessary to strengthen his army as much as possible to oppose Gonzalo, who was now marching towards Lima, the viceroy sent Jeronimo de Villegas with a letter commanding Puelles to join him without delay with all his force.  On the arrival of Villegas at Guanuco, he and Puelles consulted together on the state of affairs, and concluded that if they should join the viceroy they would give a decided superiority to his side; and after the defeat of Gonzalo, having no one to oppose him, the viceroy would then cause the regulations to be enforced in their utmost rigour, by which the whole colonists of Peru would suffer extreme injury; as by depriving them of their Indians, not only the burgesses to whom they belonged would be reduced to poverty, but even the soldiers would be materially injured, as the burgesses would be no longer in condition to furnish subsistence to the troops as now.  They came to the resolution therefore to join the party of Gonzalo, and set out immediately in search of his army for that purpose.

[1] The author of this history.—­E.

[2] About that distance to the north of Lima is the town of Huaura,
    which is probably the place indicated in the text, as in many names of
    places in Peru the initial syllable Gua or Hua, are
    interchangeably used by different authors.—­E.

[3] Zarate is exceedingly negligent in regard to dates.  We learn from the
    history of America, II. 370, that the present occurrences took place
    in 1544.—­E.

[4] It has been already mentioned in a former note, that this is probably
    a different orthography for Huaura, a place about 70 miles to the N.N. 
    W. of Lima.—­E.

[5] Arequipa is a considerable way from the coast, on which there are
    several harbours, thirty or forty miles distant.—­E.

[6] Garcilasso de la Vega differs somewhat in the names of one or two of
    these leading men who deserted from Gonzalo, and enumerates a
    considerable number more, among whom he names one Pedro Pizarro,
    saying they were in all about forty, with many of whom he was
    personally acquainted.—­E.

END OF VOLUME FOURTH.

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