46 LETTERS OF CORTES. hiin, but that I was going for no other purpose than to see him. And then I entered a mountain pass which is at the extremity of this province, to which we gave the name of the Pass of the Name of God,* as it was the first we had met with in this region. It is so rough and steep that there is not one so difficult in all Spain. I went through it in safety and without erftountering any ob- struction. At its foot there are other hamlets, belonging to a town and fort called Ceyconacan,t which was also subject to Muteczuma. We were equally well received here as at Sienchimalen ; and the people told us, as the others had done, that such was the pleasure of Mutec- zuma. I made them also a similar acknowledgment for their kindness. From thence I travelled three days through a coun- try destitute of inhabitants, and, indeed, scarcely habit- able on account of the sterility of the soil, the want of water, and the coldness of the climate ; God knows how much our people suffered there from hunger and thirst, especially during a violent storm of hail and rain which we encountered, when I thought many would perish with cold. We had already lost several Indians from the island of Fernandina, [Cuba,] who were not well clothed. At the end of these three days we met with another mountain pass,| not, however, so steep as the former, and at its summit there was a tower, small almost as an oratory, and which contained several idols, and around it were more than athousand cart-loads of wood compactly arranged, on account of which we gave it the name of the Pass of Wood. Below this pass, between very rough mountains, there was a populous valley, whose
- El Puerto del Nombre de Dios. t Now Yshuacan de los Reyes.— L.
t Supposed to be Sierra del Agua. — ^L.