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PostSubject: The Siege of Tenochtitlan   Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:22 pm

Now the Spaniards began to wage war against us. They attacked us by land for ten days, and then their ships appeared. Twenty days later, they gathered all their ships together near Nonohualco, off the place called Mazatzintamalco. The allies from Tlaxcala and Huexotzinco set up camp on either side of the road.

Our warriors from Tlatelolco immediately leaped into, their canoes and set out for Mazatzintamalco and the Nonohualcoroad. But no one set out from Tenochtitlan to assist us; only theTlatelolcas were ready when the Spaniards arrived in their ships.On the following day, the ships sailed to Xoloco.

The fighting at Xoloco and Huitzillan lasted for two days. While the battle was under way, the warriors from Tenochtitlanbegan to mutiny. They said: "Where are our chiefs? They have fired scarcely a single arrow! Do they think they have, fought like men?" Then they seized four of their own leaders and put them to death. The victims were two captains, Cuauhnochtli and Cuapan, and the priests of Amantlan and Tlalocan. This was the second time that the people of Tenochtitlan killed their own leaders.
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