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PART II.




THE CITY, ITS MANNERS, CUSTOMS, &C. -POPULATl0N, -POLICE, -MORAL AND RELIGIOUS STATE, &C. &C.




CHAPTER I.

Former Sites of the City, -Its present situation and advantages, -Public Buildings, -Streets, -Houses, &c.

Before entering upon a description of the city, as it now exists, it will be advisable to give a short sketch of the different situations which it has occupied, and the circumstances that have produced its frequent removal.

From Juarros[1] we learn, that soon after the conquest of the country by Pedro Alvarado, he and his followers began to look out for a suitable spot on which they might found a capital for the newly conquered kingdom. “Taking their route

  1. Statistical History of the Kingdom of Guatimala, by Don Domingo Juarros. Translated by J. Baily, Lieut. R. N. 8vo. London. 1823.