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CONQUEST OF MEXICO. 253 which is in the seignory of the city of Tezcuco, where we went to lodge that night, and were well received by the Spaniards, who congratulated us on our arrival and safety ; for since I had departed from them, they had known nothing of me till the day that we arrived. They had had many suspicions in the city, and the inhabitants of the city had told them every day that the Mexicans would attack them while I was gone. Thus was con- cluded, by the aid of "God, this expedition ; it was a great enterprise, in which your Majesty received much service in various ways, as I shall hereafter relate. At the time, most powerful and invincible Sire, when I was in the city of Temixtitan, soon after my first arrival, I made provision, as I informed your Majesty in my for- mer relation, that in two or three provinces prepared for this purpose, there should be established for your Majes- ty's benefit certain farm-houses where the cultivation of the soil and other things suited to the nature of the coun- try should be attended to. To one of these provinces, called Chinantla,* I sent two Spaniards ; this province was not subject to the Culuans. In the others, which existed at the time they made war on me in the city of Temixti- tan, those persons who had charge of the plantations were slain, and the establishments robbed of all they con- tained, being of considerable value according to the es- timation of the country. Almost a year passed without my hearing any thing of the Spaniards at Chinantla ; since all those provinces having rebelled against us, neither could they hear from us, nor we from them. The native

  • Chinantla is towards Vera Cruz, more nearly opposite than that city to the

island of Sacrificios ; to this province was sent Hernando Barrientos, where he was ordered by Cortes to fabricate lances larger and stronger than the common kind ; and on account of the black flints with which they pointed the lances, the place was called Chinanthla. — L. 33