at that strong pass, and, pushing forward, entered Jalapa on the 19th.
On the 22d the American flag was unfurled over the Castle of Perote, on the summit of the Eastern Cordilleras, 50 miles from Jalapa.
This was considered the strongest fortress in Mexico, excepting Vera Cruz.
It was surrendered without resistance, and with it fifty-four pieces of cannon, some mortars, and a large amount of munitions of war.
Onward the victorious army marched, and entered the fortified city of Puebla, May 15, a city of 80,000 inhabitants; and there the army rested until August.
Being reinforced, Scott then pushed on towards the capital.
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 Contr