The Capture of Guarionex and Mayobanex

The caravels remained in the Ozama but the governor had to return to Concepcion de La Vega since Guarionex and his people, desperate with the bad treatment of the rebels and non-rebels, had escaped and was taking refuge in the Ciguayan area of the Magua cacicazgo. The indigenous group was received by his friend the cacique Mayobanex, who cried with Guarionex and promised that he would protect him and defend his territories.

Guarionex and his family's escape would have gone unnoticed if he had not been such an important cacique and all his people lived close to the mines that produced the largest Tribute, and with him missing and his people not mining, the tribute was much smaller."23 Because of this the governor went after him with 90 men afoot and another group in horses. You must give him credit for the speed in which he was able to mobilize.

Arriving in the Ciguayan zone, they find a large group of warriors that "came out with screams which were very frightening; they fire millions of arrows at the same time that seemed like rain, but, since they fired them from far away were tired and did little damage; the cavalry go after them, kill a few but the rest flee and take refuge in the woods."24

The following day some Christians were hit by arrows but they are able to kill more Indians and capture others as slaves. Don Bartholomew sent Mayobanex a message demanding the surrendered of the other cacique while assuring the safety of his people. Mayobanex absolutely refuses nobly responding that "Guarionex is a good and virtuous man; never did any harm as is known... they, however, the tyrant men, are bad and come only to take other people's lands, and only know to spill the blood of the people that did nothing but help and defend them, and tells them he doesn't want their promises, not see them or hear them."25 Along with this message the Ciguayan chief sends his men to guard the roads with instructions to kill any messenger Christian or Indian.

It seems the Governor was more upset at the response than he had been with the recent revolt by the Roldanists; he invaded the village immediately and overtaking them very rapidly, proceeded to search from village to village for the two caciques who had escaped separately and were in hiding.

The Spanish intercepted some of Mayobanex's servants who had been sent for food and through torture obtained information of their whereabouts. In order to apprehend them, the Christians, for the first time, adapted to the Indian styles and easily undressed, covered their bodies in black ash and red powder... the way the Indians accustomed when they go to war."26 Later on, in a scene worthy of a feature film, they find Mayobanex and his family, they grab their weapons which they had covered in palm pods called yaguas which they carried as if carrying goods as the Indians."27 The surprised Indians were apprehended and taken to the Concepcion Fort. Guarionex had been hiding in caves in the Northern mountain chain, but coming out to look for food was seen and betrayed by Ciguayos. He is then captured and taken to the Concepcion where he is locked up "with irons, chains and shackles and charged with great concerns."28 for three years until 1502 when he is sent to Castile in a fleet which capsized. This capture ends the existence of the last two important caciques of Magua, region that would never again belong to them or their people.