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By Hernan Cortes, Anthony Pagden

Written over a seven-year interval to Charles V of Spain, Hernan Cortes' letters offer a story account of the conquest of Mexico from the founding of the coastal city of Veracruz till Cortes's trip to Honduras in 1525.

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After fifteen days, although, there got here different Indians, additionally Mutezuma's vassals, and from those I learnt that the ships have been anchored within the port of Sant Juan, and that the folk had landed. they'd counted 80 horses, and 8 hundred males and ten or twelve weapons, all of which that they had repre­ sented on a section in their paper,71 to teach it to Mutezuma. The Indians advised me how the Spaniard I had published at the coast and the entire different messengers whom I had despatched have been with these humans, and had defined to the Indians that the captain wouldn't allow them to go away and requested them to notify me of the very fact. whilst I heard all this I resolved to ship a friar72 whom I had introduced in my corporation with a letter from me and one other from the alcaldes and regidores of town of Vera Cruz who have been with me within the urban. those I addressed to the captain and his those that had landed at that port, informing them very absolutely of all that had occurred during this land and the way I had taken many towns, cities and fortresses and had sub­ jected them in your Majesty's Royal carrier, and the way I had cap­ tured the lord of those components. I said the character of the capital urban and of the gold and jewels which I had to your Highness; and in addition of ways I had despatched a file pertaining to this land for your Majesty. I THE moment LETTER [ "5 begged them to notify me as to who they have been, and in the event that they have been actual vassals of the nation-states and dominions of Your Highness, and to write down to me whether or not they got here via Your Royal command to settle and stay within the land, or have been happening, or needed to go back. in the event that they lacked for whatever, i might equip them with all that used to be in my strength. in the event that they got here from outdoor Your Highness's domain names they need to additionally enable me recognize whether or not they had desire of whatever, for i'd likewise support them as most sensible i'll; but when they refused to notify me, I required them on behalf of Your Majesty to leave out of your lands right now and never to disembark. moreover, I warned them that in the event that they didn't accomplish that i'd march opposed to them with all I had, Spaniards in addition to natives of the land, and that i might seize or kill them as foreigners invading the nation-states and dominions of my lord and king. 5 days after the aforementioned friar had left with this dispatch, there arrived within the urban of Temixtitan twenty Spaniards from Vera Cruz, they usually introduced with them a friar and lay­ males whom that they had taken within the aforementioned city. seventy three From them I learnt that the fleet within the port was once from Diego Velazquez and had come via his command, less than the captaincy of 1 Panfilo de Narvaez, an inhabitant of the island of Fernandina. He introduced 80 horsemen and plenty of weapons and 8 hundred foot infantrymen, between whom they stated there have been 80 harquebusiers and one hundred twenty crossbowmen; and he referred to as himself captain basic and lieutenant governor in these kind of elements for Diego Velazquez, and for this had introduced decrees out of your Majesty. The messengers I had despatched and the fellow I had published at the coast have been all with this Panfilo de Narvaez and he wouldn't let them go back.

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