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CONQUEST OF MEXICO. 395 pearing to have been the cause of the disaster, as from his having a son, and all that he possessed, in that province, that his grief caused him to be seized with an illness, of which he died three days after. The Spaniard who brought the first news of the revolt of the people of Panuco, gave no other account of what had taken place than that he with three cavaliers and a foot-soldier had been attacked while entering a town called Tacetuco, [Tanjuco,]* by the inhabitants of that place, who killed two of the cavaliers and the foot-sol- diers, with the horse of the other cavalier, who had him- self escaped together with our informant under cover of the night ; and that they had seen consumed by fire the quarters occupied by the lieutenant in that town with fifteen horsemen and forty foot, where they were expect- ed, and from the appearances there exhibited he be- lieved all of them had been slain. In order that your Majesty might be more particularly informed of what subsequently occurred, I waited six or seven days after obtaining the first news to receive further intelligence ; in which time there arrived another messenger from the lieutenant, who remained in the town of Tenertequipa, which is subject to this city, and situated on the line di- viding the Mexican territory from that province. The latter wrote me that he was in the town of Tacetuco with fifteen horse and forty foot, expecting the arrival of more men who were to join his force, as he was going to the other side of the river to reduce certain towns that proved

  • Tanjuco is now a small Indian village on the Panuco, 127 miles from its mouth

by the course of the river, and about half that distance by land. Here Captain Lyon (in 1826) heard the Guasteca language spoken. Journal, &c. I. 73. This intelligent traveller made a particular examination of the River Panuco, the re- sults of which appear in the Appendix to his Journal.