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From that very spot on the lofty Cordilleras, Cortez first looked down upon the quiet valley of Mexico, centuries before.
Scott now beheld that
Battle of Churubusco. spacious panorama, the seat of the capital of the Aztecs—the Halls of the Montezumas.
He pushed cautiously forward, and approached the stronghold before the city.
The fortified camp of Contreras was taken by the Americans on Aug. 20.
Then the strong fortress of San Antonio yielded the same day. The heights of Churubusco were attacked.
Santa Ana advanced, and soon the whole region became one great battle-field.
Churubusco was taken, and Santa Ana fled towards the capital.
A MexicChurubusco was taken, and Santa Ana fled towards the capital.
A Mexican army, 30,000 strong, had in a single day been broken up by another less than one-third its strength in number, and at almost every step the Americans were successful.
Full 4,000 Mexicans were killed and wounded, 3,000 were made prisoners, and thirty-seven pieces of cannon were captured on that memorable day. The Americans had