The City of Gold

The City of Gold

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...He should feel stronger in the loyal service of a few gallant spirits, than if surrounded by a host of the faint-hearted or treacherous. The veterans who had stood by his side in every stage of his adventurous career had never supported the requisition, and they now vehemently pledged themselves to follow his fortunes to the last. Their example, and the Captain's persuasive eloquence, broke down the obstinacy of the discontented, who agreed to postpone their departure, receiving an assurance that at a more favourable season no obstacle should be thrown in their way if they still desired to leave. Thus this peril was safely weathered. But surely Fortune delights to prove the resolution of her favourites. Scarcely had Cortes, by his combined prudence and boldness, conquered one great difficulty, before another arose in the jealousy that sprang up between his soldiers and their Indian allies. It might probably have wrecked, after all, his adventurous schemes, but for an unforeseen event, which showed that though Fortune may perplex the brave, she never wholly abandons them. An embassy arrived from Mexico with rich presents of feathers, garments, and salt, for the purpose of negotiating terms of peace. They spoke of the identity of lineage, laws, and language subsisting between the Mexicans and the TlasFIDELITY OF THE TLASCALANS. 123 calans, and proposed that all past grievances should be buried in oblivion. They urged the Tlascalans not to provoke the anger of the gods by shielding the strangers who had desecrated and overthrown their shrines. They suggested the re-establishment of their old commercial relations, and the conclusion of a firm alliance, provided they sacrificed to the offended deities the few white men who still lingered among...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123689202X
  • 9781236892027