The Conquest of Mexico (Everyman's Library): 1
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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Excerpt: ... Mexico. It would have much facilitated reference to his plates, if they had been numbered-- a strange omission! Page 29 (*).--The caciques, who submitted to the allied arms, were usually confirmed in their authority, and the conquered places allowed to retain their laws and usages. (Zurita, Rapport, p. 67.) The conquests were not always partitioned, but sometimes, singularly enough, were held tn common by the three powers.--Ibid., p. 11. Page 29 (*).--The Hon. C. A. Murray, whose imperturbable good humour under real troubles forms a contrast, rather striking, to the sensitiveness of some of his predecessors to imaginary ones, tells us, among other marvels, that an Indian of his party travelled a hundred miles in fourand-twenty hours. (Travels in N. America [New York, 1839], vol. i. p. 193.) The Greek, who, according to Plutarch, brought the news of victory at Platsea, a hundred and twenty-five miles, in a day, was a better traveller still. Some interesting facts on the pedestrian capabilities of man in the savage state are collected by Buffon, who concludes, truly enough, 'L'homme civilise' ne connait pas ses forces.'--(Histoire Naturelle: De la Jeunesse.) Page 29 (*).--Torquemada, Monarch. Ind., lib. 14, cap. I. The same wants led to the same expedients in ancient Rome, and still more ancient Persia. 'Nothing in the world is borne so swiftly,' says Herodotus, 'as messages by the Persian couriers:' which his commentator, Valckenaer, prudently qualifies by the exception of the carrier pigeon. (Herodotus, Hist., Urania, sec. 98, nec non Adnot. ed. Schweighauser.) Couriers are noticed, in the thirteenth century, in China, by Marco Polo. Their stations were only three miles apart, and they accomplished five days' journey in one. (Viaggi di Marco Polo, lib. 2, cap. 20, ap. Ramusio, torn....--This text refers to the Pdf edition.