[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
and rulers, and took counsel among themselves, considering the reports.
They said, “How is it to be with us? Should we face them? For the Otomis are great and valiant warriors, yet they thought nothing of them, they regarded them as nothing; in a very short time, in the blink of an eyelid,they destroyed the people. Now let us just submit to them, let us make friends with them, let us be friends, for something must be done about the common people.”
Thereupon the Tlaxcalan rulers went to meet them, taking along food: turkey hens, eggs, white tortillas, fine tortillas. They said to them, “Welcome, our lords.”
[The Spaniards] answered them back, “Where is your homeland? Where have you come from?”
They said, “We are Tlaxcalans. Welcome, you have arrived, you have reached the land of Tlaxcala, which is your home.”
(But in olden times it was called Texcallan and the people Texcalans).
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
began to fight with them; the horsemen lanced many of them, and the harquebusiers and crossbowmen also killed many, so that they routed the whole army that was coming, and those who remained fled. The Spaniards took the settlement and stole what they found, and so they destroyed those settlements.
When the Tlaxcalans heard what had happened to their soldiers and Otomis, they were shocked and began to be afraid. Then they assembled in council and all conferred about the matter, to see if they should do battle against the Spaniards or if they should submit peacefully.
They said, "We know that the Otomis are very valiant and fierce fighters, yet all have been destroyed. They were unable to resist them; in the blink of an eyelid they destroyed them. What can we do? It will be well to receive them peacefully and take them as friends. That would be better than losing all our people." And so the lords of Tlaxcala agreed to receive them peacefully and take them as friends.
Then the lords and leaders went out with a great multitude of tamemes [bearers] loaded with all kinds of food. Reaching them, they greeted don Hernando Cortés peacefully.
He asked them, "Where are you from? Where do you come from?"
They said, "We are from the city of Tlaxcala, and we are coming to receive you because we are glad that you have come. You have reached our land; you are very welcome; this land where you are, which is called Quauhtexcallan, is your home and land."
Today the city is called Tlaxcala, but before the Spaniards came it was called Texcallan.