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CONQUEST OF MEXICO. 103 called Haculuacan.* The capital of it was a very large city, adjacent to the salt lake ; it is six leagues distant frorri the city of Temixtitan, as the canoes go by the lake, and ten leagues by land. The name of the city was Tezcu- co, and it contained about thirty thousand families. There are in it, Sire, splendid houses, mosques, or tem- pies, and oratories of great magnitude, and well fin- ished. The markets are also very extensive ; and be- sides this city, there are two others, one three leagues from Tezcuco, called Acuruman,t and the other six leagues, called Otumpa. Each of these contains three or four thousand families. This province and seignory of Haculuacan has numerous other villages and hamlets, and excellent lands, well cultivated. It borders on one side upon that of Tascaltecal, of which I have already spoken to your Majesty. The governor, who is named Cacamazin, after the imprisonment of Muteczuma, re- belled, both against your Majesty, to whom he professed allegiance, and against Muteczuma. Although he was several times summoned to come and render obedience to your Majesty's commands, he never would. Beside the requisitions I made of him, Muteczuma also sent his commands to him, to which he answered, that if they wanted any thing of him they should go to his country, where they should see what hie was, and what service he was obliged to perform. I was told that he had a large force of armed men in readiness at a moment's warning. As neither by demonstrations nor requisitions was I able to induce him to yield, I spoke to Muteczuma, and asked his advice what it was best for us to do, in order that we might not leave his rebellion unpunished. He answered,

  • The province of Culhuacdn. t Now Oculina.