This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...the parish priest "of the church of this city."5 It is not unreasonable to conclude that Cortes, previous to his departure, marked out the ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...the parish priest "of the church of this city."5 It is not unreasonable to conclude that Cortes, previous to his departure, marked out the site and took measures for the erection of a church, which was begun during his absence, and completed at a later date. 4Cortis, Rexwleneia, i. passim; MotoVtnin, Ilut. Ind., 101. 5The same book proves that, in August 15l'4, tho hospital of Jesus was founded and a church attached to it. Alaman maintains that the parish church and this one were the first established. Disert., ii. 133. Orozcoy Berra, quoting the same authority, draws the conclusion that in the last months of 1524, after Cortes had left for Honduras, the first church wa3 built. Mex. No!. Cind., GO. Icazbalecta considers that hardly any doubt exists that the first church was not built until after the arrival of the Franciscans. Hulazir, iIcr. en 1554, 184-202; Torquemada, iii. 3,3-0, Accordinli to Vetancurt, the name of St Joseph was given to the parochial church. Trot. Mix., 0. The assertions of Meudieta and Torquemada, who advance the claim of the Franciscans, are disputed by Sigiienza y Gongora and Alaman. They are, moreover, at variance with Herrera, who plainly attributes to Cortes the establishment of the principal church. Herrera's statement--dec. iii. lib. iv. cap. viii.--may, however, be reconciled with that of Mendieta, by interpreting it to mean that only the initiatory steps were taken by the conqueror. Mendicta asserts that the church was built in 1525, 'con muchabrevedad; porquc el gobernador D. Fernando Cortes puso en la edificacion mucha calor. Hut. Ec!cx., 222. Cortes, however, was in Honduras at that time. According to evidence given by witnesses in his residencia it would appear that it was built during his absence in Honduras; though...Read Less
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