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382 LETTERS OF CORTES. At the same time I have fitted out a naval armament, under the command of one Cristobal DoUd, who came over with me, to coast along the North Sea, and establish a colony at the point or cape of Hibueras [Honduras,] sixty leagues from the Bay of Ascension, which is to the windward of what they call Yucatan, and on the coast above Terra-Firma towards Darien. The object of this expedition was to obtain information about the country, which is represented to be very rich, and also in reference to the opinion entertained by many pilots, that through this bay a passage may be found to the other sea ; the thing that of all others in the world I most desire to meet with, on account of the great service that would result from it to your Imperial Majesty.