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PostSubject: The Spaniards March Inland   Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:01 am

(From the Codex Florentino by Sahagun's informants)

At last they came. At last they began to march toward us.

A man from Cempoala who was known as theTlacochcalcatl [Chief of the House of Arrows], was the first official to welcome them as they entered our lands and cities.This man spoke Nahuatl. He showed them the best routes and the shortest ways; he guided and advised them, traveling at the head of the party.

When they came to Tecoac, in the land of the Tlaxcaltecas, they found it was inhabited by Otomies. The Otomies came out to meet them in battle array; they greeted the strangers with their shields.

But the strangers conquered the Otomies of Tecoac; they utterly destroyed them. They divided their ranks, fired the cannons at them, attacked them with their swords and shot them with their crossbows. Not just a few, but all of them, perished in the battle.

And when Tecoac had been defeated, the Tlaxcaltecassoon heard the news; they learned what had taken place there.They felt premonitions of death: terror overwhelmed them, and they were filled with foreboding.

Therefore the chiefs assembled; the captains met together in a council. They talked about what had happened, and said:"What shall we do? Shall we go out to meet them? The Otomi isa brave warrior, but he was helpless against them: they scorned him as a mere nothing! They destroyed the poor macehual with a look, with a glance of their eyes! We should go over to their side; we should make friends with them and be their allies. If not, they will destroy us too. . "
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