ABSTRACT

After the orders were given, Cortes decided with our Captains and soldiers that on the second day of the feast of Espiritu Santo (this was the year one thousand five hundred and twenty-one) a review should be held. This review was held in the great Courts of Texcoco and there were present eighty-four horsemen, six-hundred-and-fifty soldiers with swords and shields and many with lances, and one-hundred-andninety-four crossbowmen and musketeers. From these there were chosen to man the thirteen launches those that I will now mention-For each launch, twelve crossbowmen and musketeers; in addition to them there were also set apart another twelve men, six on each side as rowers for each launch. And besides these there was a Captain for each launch and an artilleryman.