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PostSubject: The Sufferings of the Inhabitants   Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:04 pm

The Spanish blockade caused great anguish in the city. The people were tormented by hunger, and many starved to death. There was no fresh water to drink,' only stagnant water and the brine of the lake, and many people died of dysentery. The only food was lizards, swallows, corncobs and the saltgrasses of the lake. The people also ate water lilies and the seeds of the colorin, and chewed on deerhides and pieces of leather. They roasted and seared and scorched whatever they could find and then ate it. They ate the bitterest weeds and even dirt.

Nothing can compare with the horrors of that siege and the agonies of the starving. We were so weakened by hunger that, little by little, the enemy forced us to retreat. Little by little they forced us to the wall.
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