Aztec leader Moctezuma sent a group of noblemen and other emissaries to meet Cortés at Quauhtechcac. These emissaries brought golden jewelry as a gift which greatly pleased the Spaniards.[6] According to the Florentine Codex Lib. 12 f.6r. Moctezuma also ordered that his messengers carry the highly symbolic penacho headdress of Quetzalcoatl de Tula to Cortés and place it on his person. As news about the strangers reached the capital city Moctezuma became increasingly fearful and considered fleeing the city but resigned himself to what he considered to be the fate of his people. --- --- --- It once was widely believed that the Aztecs first thought Cortés was Quetzalcoatl a mythical god prophesied to return to Mexico--coincidentally in the same year Cortés landed and from the same direction he came. This is now disputed by academics who assert that natives were well aware that Cortex was not a god. --- --- ---Cortés' army entered the city on the flower-covered causeway Iztapalapa associated with the god Quetzalcoatl. Cortés was amicably received by Moctezuma who told him "You have come to sit on your throne." The captive woman Malinalli Tenépal also known as La Malinche or Dońa Marina translated from Nahuatl to Maya chontal; the Spaniard Gerónimo de Aguilar translated from Maya chontal to Spanish. Moctezuma was later taken hostage as a safety measure by the vastly outnumbered Spanish. --- --- --- It is uncertain why Moctezuma cooperated so readily with the Spaniards. As Moctezuma made orders as demanded by Cortés such as commanding tribute to be gathered and given to the Spaniards his authority was slipping and quickly his people began to turn against him --- --- --- Cortés had hoped to go undetected by muffling the horses’ hooves and carrying wooden boards to cross the canals. The Spanish forces were able to pass through the first three canals. However they were discovered on the fourth canal at Mixcoatechialtitlan.