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234 LETTERS OF CORTES. the Culuans had a garrison, and from whence they had done much injury to the people of Chalco. At a town on the route the enemy appeared in considerable force i but as our allies were numerous, and had besides the advantage of the Spanish horse and foot, they attacked them at once, and drove them from the fields, pursuing them with great slaughter. They took up their quarters for the night in the same town before reaching Guaste- peque, and set out the next day. When they had arrived at Guastepeque, the Culuans began to attack the Spa- niards, who in a short time put them to flight, and drove them with slaughter out of the place. The horsemen then dismounted in order to obtain forage for their horses and to get rest. While thus off their guard the enemy came upon them, approaching even to the place where they were reposing, uttering loud and fearful cries* throwing stones, clubs and arrows ; the Spaniards seized their arms, and with our allies rushed in great haste upon the enemy, and again drove them from the place, pur- suing them more than a league, and killing many of their number. They returned that night much fatigued to Guastepeque, where they rested two days. At this time the alguazil mayor learned that in a town somewhat farther on, called Acapictla, there was a large force of the enemy ; he determined to go there and dis- cover whether they were inclined to peace. The town was strongly fortified,* and situated on an eminence, inaccessible to cavalry ; and as soon as the Spaniards arrived there, the inhabitants without any delay com- menced hostilities by throwing down stones upon the men ; and although the alguazil mayor had with him

  • As it is at this day, although it is buried in profound repose, like the adjacent

country. In the time of Cortes a magnificent parochial church was built here. — L.