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CONQUEST OF MEXICO. 101 The governor of the country, when the Spaniards arri- ved there, ordered that the Mexicans should not enter his territory, because they were his enemies ; and when our people returned to me with this account, he sent several persons in their company, by whom he transmitted to me jewels of gold, skins of tigers, feathers, precious stones, and cotton cloth ; and they informed me from him, that Tuchintela, their sovereign, had heard of me a long time ago, for the people of Putunchan, or the river of Grijalva,* who were his friends, had told him of my passing through their country, and making war upon them, because they opposed my entrance into their town ; and how afterwards we left them as friends and vassals of your Majesty. He also offered himself and his whole province to the service of your Majesty, and begged rile to receive him as a friend, on condition that the Mexicans should not enter his country, giving me liberty to exam- ine all it contained, and of choosing whatever I pleased for your Majesty's use, of which he would yield an an- nual tribute. When I was informed by the Spaniards that the pro- vince they had visited, was in a situation to be colonized, and that they had discovered a harbor in it, I was much gratified ; since from the time that I had first set foot in this country, I had constantly sought to find some harbor upon its coast, where I might found a settlement, but I had not been able to discover one, nor is there any on all the coast, from the river San Antonio, which is next the Grijalva, to that of Panuco, which is down the coast, where certain Spaniards under Francisco de Garay, went for the purpose of establishing a colony, as I shall

  • This river still preserves its name, but takes that of Tobasco at its

mouth. — L. 14