A General History And Collection Of Voyages And Travels - Volume 3 - By Robert Kerr












































































































 -  All the ships arrived safe at
the Havanna, except that in which Cortes was embarked, and we who marched
by - Page 720
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All The Ships Arrived Safe At The Havanna, Except That In Which Cortes Was Embarked, And We Who Marched By Land Were There Seven Days Before We Could Learn What Had Become Of Our Commander.

We were afraid his ship had been lost among the shoals of Los Jardines, and it was proposed to send three ships in search of him:

But there was no one to command, and factious disputes arose about the choice of a lieutenant or substitute during his absence, in which intrigues Diego de Ordas was particularly busy. At length Cortes arrived, his ship having grounded on a shoal, but fortunately near the shore, so that they got her off by lightening her of part of her cargo.

Cortes took his quarters at the Havanna in the house of Pedro Barba, who commanded there for Velasquez, erecting his standard, and beating up for volunteers. He was here joined by Francisco de Montejo, Diego de Soto, Angula, Garci Caro, Sebastian Rodriquez, Gutierrez, Rojas, not he commonly called the wealthy, a lad named Santa Clara, two brothers named Los Martinez de Frexenal, and Juan, de Najara, not the deaf man of the tennis court in Mexico. These were all men of quality, besides whom there were many others whose names I do not now remember. Diego de Ordas was sent to the governors estate at Guaniguanico, to procure a farther supply of bread and bacon, and to wait there till he received farther orders, on purpose to keep him out of the way, as Cortes knew he had shewn himself adverse to his interest while he was absent.

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