COTACACHE, a settlement of the province
and corregimiento of Otavalo in the kingdom of
COTACACHE, a mountain of this province and
kingdom, the top of which is eternally covered
Avith snow. From its summit runs the river Ca-
COTAGAITA, Santiago de, a settlement of
the province and corregimiento of Chichas and
Tarija. Twenty-nine leagues from Potosi.
COTAGAITILLA, a settlement of the same
province and corregimiento as the former ; annexed
to the curacy of the capital.
COTAHUASSI, a settlement of the province
and corregimiento of Chumbivilcas in Peru.
COTAHUAU, an ancient province of Peru, at
the foot of the cordillera of the Andes, and to the
w. of Cuzco. It is one of those which were con-
quered by Mayta Capac, fourth Emperor.
COTAHUIZITLA, a settlement of the head
settlement and alcaldia mayor of Cuicatlan in
Nueva Espana. It is of a hot temperature, con-
tains 28 families of Indians, who are busied in
making mats, which they cs\\ petates. It belongs
to the curacy of Atlatlauca, the capital of the
alcaldia mayor of this name; being distant 10
leagues from its capital.
COTAPARAZO, a settlement of the province
and corregimiento of Guailas in Peru.
COTA-PINI, a settlement of the province and
government of Quixos and Macas in the kingdom
COTAS, a settlement of the province and cor-
regimiento of Yauyos in Peru; annexed to the
curacy of Arma in the province of Castro
(COTEAUX, Les, a town on the road from
Tiburon to port Salut, on the 5. side of the s. pen-
insula of the island of St. Domingo, 13f leagues e.
by of the former, and four n.w, of the latter.)
COTICA, a river of Guayana, in the part pos-
sessed by the Dutch, or colony of Surinam. It
runs n. until it comes very near the coast, making
many turns, and then changing its course e. enters
the Comowini. At its mouth is a fort to defend
its entrance, called Someldick.
COTIJA, Valley of, of the alcaldia mayor of
Tinguindin in Nueva Espana. It is more than
two leagues in circumference, and in it live 205
families of Spaniards. It is of a mild temperature,
and abounds in seeds. Seven leagues to the w. of
COTLALTA, a settlement and head settlement
of the alcaldia mayor of Tuxtla in Nueva Espana.
It contains 140 families of Indians, and three or
four of Spaniards. It abounds greatly in tamarinds,
of which are made excellent conserves.
COTOCHE, a cape of the coast of Yucatán,
opposite that of San Antonio, in the island of
Cuba ; between these lies the navigation leading
to this island from Nueva Espana.
COTOCOLLAO, a settlement of the kingdom
of Quito, in the corregimiento of the district of
the Cinco Leguas de la Capital; being situate just
where the beautiful llanura or plain of lilaquito
or Rumi-Pampa terminates. Its territory extends
to n. w. upon the skirt of the mountain Pichincha,
and is bounded on the n. by the settlement of Po-
masque. It is of a somewhat cold and moist tem-
perature ; and in it is the county of Selva Florida,
of the house of Guerrero Ponce de Leon, one of
the most ancient and illustrious of the kingdom.
COTOE, a settlement of the province and ga-
vernment of Canta in Peru ; annexed to the curacy
COTOPACSI, a mountain and desert, or pa-
ramo, of the province and corregimiento of Ta-
cunja in the kingdom of Quito, to the s. and one-
fourth to s. e. It is of the figure of an inverted
truncated cone, and is in height 2952 Parisian feet
above the level of the sea : on its summit, which
is perpetually covered with snow, is a volcano,
which burst forth in 1698, in such a dreadful man-
ner as not only to destroy the city of Tacunja,
with three fourths of its inhabitants, but other
settlements also. It likewise vomited up a river of
mud, which so altered the face of the province,
that the missionaries of the Jesuits of Maynos,
seeing so many carcases, pieces of furniture, and
houses floating down the Maranon, were persuaded
amongst themselves that the Almighty had visited
this kingdom with some signal destruction ; they,
moreover, wrote circular letters, and transmitted
them open about the country, to ascertain Avhat
number of persons were remaining alive. These
misfortunes, though in a moderate degree, recurred
in the years 1742, 1743, 1760, 1768. From the
e. part of this mountain the Napo takes its rise;
and from the s. the Cotuche and the Alagues,
which, united, form the river San Miguel, and
afterwards, with others, the Patate ; to this the
Chambo joins itself, which afterwards degenerates.