|CHAPTER XVI: OF THE CITIES OF THIS LAND AND DESCRIPTION OF SOME OF THEM [p.55]
THERE are great cities here, especially Tascala [Tlaxcala], which in some things resembles Granada, but in others Segovia, although its population is greater than that of either. This Seignory [republic] is governed by various Lords [four], although under certain circumstances they recognize one as the principal, and he was captain-general of the wars. It is a goodly land of plain and mountain, very populous, and produces much grain. Six leagues distant from Tascala on a plain is another city resembling Valladolid, in which I counted one hundred and ninety towers of mosques and houses of Lords.38 This Seignory is governed by twenty-six chiefs; all respect and do reverence to an old man more than one hundred and twenty years of age, and  carry him in a litter. The district is most beautiful, and abounds with fruit trees, principally cherries [wild] and apples,39 and produces much maize. Six leagues from that city is another called Huexotcingo, which is situated at the foot of a mountain, and resembles Burgos. This Seignory is governed by consuls; the district is fair to the eye with most fertile plains and low hills agreeable and productive.