[Chapter 4, page 239] "... a messenger arrived, bearing disturbing news. He reported a lookout on the coast had spotted "towers or small mountains floating on the waves..."
Spanish ships cited
[Pg. 239] Corteas was born in a family that was Noble but not wealthy. [...] In 1504, [...] Corteas took passage on a shipbound to the Spanish Island colonies in teh west indies. There he took part in the conquest of Cuba..."
[Pg. 242-243] "Corteas soon discovered that the mighty Aztec Empire was more fragile than it first seemed. Some sixteen to eighteen million people lived under Montexuma's rule, but many bitterly resented the tribute they were forced to pay."
The Path to Conquest
[Pg. 244] "Corteas decided that it was time to turn the tables on this mightyleader. He decided to guarantee Spanish safety by taking Montezuma as a hostage."
The Capture of Montezuma
[Pg. 246] "What does he want of me? I neither desire to hear him, nor to live any longer, since my unhappy fate has been redudced me to this situation on his own account."
The Death of Montezuma
A Treacherous Plan
[Pg. 249] "When the conquistador landed on the coast, he did not find the prosperous townhe expected, but a cene of devastation. IN the years since his last voyage, disease adn civil wor had ravaged the Inca Empire."