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|CHAPTER 9TH. [p.624]
Of the beginning and coming of the Mexicans to this New Spain.
It is said that after the completion of ten thirteens after the deluge, which are 130 years, the Mexicans were settled in a community named Azcla to the west of the New Spain slightly trending toward the North, which was very much populated, and in whose centre stood a mountain whence issued a fountain which became a river, like Chapultepeque 30 is in Mexico, and on the other side of this river was another settlement, and a very large one, named Culuacan, 31 and since their computation begins with the first year of their emigration, so from now on for the future we shall reckon time starting from the year in which this Mexican agreed to sally out to find new lands that they might conquer, and for that reason they chose three war chiefs or captains, one they named Xinçi, another Tecpaçi, and the third Coantlique, and with these three started off many Mexicans (the paintings do not set out their number), and they carried with them the figure and manner of constructing their temples, so as to be able to erect them to Vchilobi wherever be should come. So they took their adieu of the temple they had in Azcla, 32 and began their journey, for which reason the painting representing their expedition, makes its beginning with the temple.