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CONQUEST OF MEXICO. 265 them full three long leagues, till they were locked up amongst the houses of the city ; and thus it pleased our Lord to grant us a greater and more complete victory than we had ventured to ask or desire. The division of the army posted at Cuyoacan was better able than that stationed in the city of Tacuba to see the movements of the brigantines ; and when they espied the thirteen sail upon the lake, and observed the rapidity with which we moved, and that we dispersed all the canoes of the enemy, it was to them, as they afterwards assured me, the most gratifying spectacle, as well as the most desirable one, in the world. I have already stated that both divisions were extremely anxious for my arrival, and with good reason, for they were in the midst of a vast multitude of the enemy ; but it pleased our Lord to raise the courage of our troops, and weaken that of the enemy, so that they were unable to summon resolution enough to attack our camp ; which if they had done the Spaniards could not fail to have received great injury, though they were always well pre- pared, and resolved to conquer or die, since they were cut off from all succor save that which they hoped from God. So when the division at Cuyoacan discovered us in pursuit of the canoes, the greater part of the horse and foot that were there took up the line of march for the city of Temixtitan, and bravely engaged with the Lidians on the causeway ;* they gained the trenches that had been made by the enemy, took them, and passed horse and foot over many bridges that they had aban- doned, being favored in their movements by the brigan- tines, which approached near to the causeway. The

  • On the causeway of La Piedad, which leads to Cuyoacan, there are at this

day eight or nine bridges. — L.