A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 04 eBook

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Cortes knew that forty of the enemies cavalry were still at an outpost on the river, and that it was necessary to keep a good look out, lest they might attack us for the rescue of their officers.  He sent, therefore, De Oli and De Ordas to speak with them, on two horses which were found fastened in a wood, and guided by one of the soldiers of Narvaez.  By their arguments and fair promises, the horsemen were all persuaded to submit, and came back with them for that purpose to the town.  It was now clear day, and Cortes was seated in an arm-chair, with an orange-coloured mantle over his shoulders, and his arms by his side, surrounded by his officers and soldiers.  He received the salutations of the cavaliers, as they came up successively to kiss his hand, with amazing affability, embracing them all most cordially, and politely complimenting them.  Among these were Bermudez, Duero, and several others, who were secretly his friends already.  Each of the cavaliers, after paying his respects, went to the quarters assigned for their lodgings.  Ever since day-break, the drums, fifes, and timbals of the army of Narvaez never ceased their music in honour of Cortes, though none of us had spoken a word to them on the subject.  A comical fellow of a negro, who belonged to the band, danced for joy, shouting out; “Where are your Romans now?  They never achieved so glorious a victory with such small numbers!” We could not silence these noisy fellows, till Cortes ordered them to be confined.  In this action, a gentleman of Seville, and standard-bearer to Narvaez, Roxas, one of his captains, and two others, were killed, and many wounded; one also of the three who deserted from us to him was killed, and several wounded.  The fat cacique also, who took refuge in the quarters of Narvaez on our approach, was wounded, and Cortes ordered him to his house, to be there well taken care of.  As for Salvatierra, who had made so many boasts, his own soldiers said they never saw so pitiful a fellow.  When he heard our drum he was in a terrible fright, and when we shouted out victory, he declared he had a pain at his stomach, and could fight no more.  Diego Velasquez, who was wounded, was taken by his relation Juan Velasquez de Leon to his own quarters, where he was well taken care of, and treated with the utmost attention[4].

The reinforcement of warriors which Cortes had been promised from Chinantla, marched into Chempoalla soon after the conclusion of the action, under the command of Barrientos, who had marshalled them in a very shewy manner, in regular files, lancemen and archers alternately, 1500 in number, accompanied with colours, drums, and trumpets, and making a most warlike appearance, to the great astonishment of the soldiers of Narvaez, who thought they were double the number.  Our general received them with much courtesy, and as their services were no longer needed, he made them handsome presents, and dismissed them with thanks.

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