Hernán Cortés: Second Letter to Charles V(1520)
In order, most potent Sire, to convey to your Majesty a just conception of the great extent of this noble city of Temixtitlan, and of the many rare and wonderful objects it contains; of the government and dominions of Moctezuma, the sovereign: of the religious rights and customs that prevail, and the order that exists in this as well as the other cities appertaining to his realm: it would require the labor of many accomplished writers, and much time for the completion of the task. I shall not be able to relate an hundredth part of what could be told respecting these matters;...
Source: Oliver J. Thatcher, ed. The Library of Original Sources: 9th to 16th Centuries, vol. 5. Milwaukee: University Research Extension, 1907.
Aztec priest making sacrificial offering of a living human heart to the war god (Library of Congress)View Full Size