The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 37
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Acapulco and the Manila, Galleon
able to make the widely scattered inns at nightfall. These inns
were very rude hostelries, except at Chilpancingo and Cuernavaca,
and were usually conducted by Indian mesoneros, who, though oblig-
ing, like the one Gemelli encountered at Amacusac, knew little of
the fine art of tavern-keeping. The Italian globe-trotter passed
the night in a posada at Atlaxo, which consisted of five cabins,
"Thatch'd and Palisado'd about." "Here a legion of Gnats(?)
sucked my Blood all Night," he complains, while the Tarascan inn-
keeper forced him to pay a "Piece-of-Eight for a Pullet, and about
a Penny a, piece for Eggs." On the edibility of tortillas Gemelli
remarked: "Hot they are tolerable; but when cold I could scarce
get them down." H-owever, he was compensated for the fare at the
inns by the game which he was able to kill along the way. The
Jesuit Pere Taillandier, who went down from Mexico to Acapulco
in 1711, says of the facilities for travelers: "The poor hostelries
of Mexico had accustomed us to do without a. bed, and all the other
douceurs which the traveller enjoys in France."72 When Teodoro
de Croix journeyed over the road in 1767 to take up his duties as
castellan at Acapulco he described the roads as "impracticable,"
and had to carry all his provisions from Mexico and sleep beneath
the stars (d la belle 4toile) .7
"Pare Taillandier to Pere Willard, February 20, 1711, Lettres ddifiantes,
XI, 381-87. Pere Taillandier was, ten days on the road. Gemelli Careri
took thirteen days to cover the distance between Acapulco and Mexico.
Op. cit., pp. 505-7.
7Teodoro de Croix to [Viceroy Croix], January 17, 1767, Gorrcspondence
du Marquis de Croix, 204.
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