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72 LETTERS OF CORTES. lands and water for cattle, which none of the others have that we have seen ; and the multitude of people who dwell in the other places is so great, that there is not a hand's-breadth of land which is not cultivated ; never- theless, in many of these places they suffer from want of bread, and there are many poor people who ask alms of the rich in the streets, and at the houses and markets, as is done by the mendicants in Spain and other civilized countries.