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Bernal Díaz del Castillo: The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico

…I have heard it said that they were wont to cook for him the flesh of young boys, but as he had such a variety of dishes, made of so many things, we could not succeed in seeing if they were of human flesh or of other things, for they daily cooked fowls, turkeys, pheasants, native partridges, quail, tame and wild ducks, venison, wild boar, reed birds, pigeons, hares and rabbits, and many sorts of birds and other things which are bred in this country, and they are so numerous that I cannot finish naming them in a hurry; so we had no insight into it; but I know for certain that after our Captain [Cortés] censured the sacrifice of human beings, and the eating of their flesh, he ordered that such food should not be prepared for him henceforth….

Perry, Marvin, ed. Sources of the Western Tradition. Vol. I: From Ancient Times to the Enlightenment. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995.

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