Taken from copies of the original documents
The year was 1777,
another 44 years yet before
Like the Confederate
soldier of our Civil war, the many robberies were not for personal gain but to
weaken the enemy and in the case of
In 1727 Just 50 years
prior to Valentin becoming Captain of the Durango band of Banditos, Nicholas
Castillo was passed the torch making captain by Captain Jose Ramirez, a
Zacatecas Indian “a very brave man indeed”
who was seriously injured in a recent assault. After Captain Ramirez had
passed, word came from the spies placed in each of the Taverns that a mule
train was about to leave
It took many days to make the transfer from the kill site to the caverns of Majoma, and to erase all evidence. The silver and the gold was placed in separate caverns. By January of the next year most if not all of Castillo and his men were hunted down and killed or captured and shot or hung.
How many robberies took place over the years is not know, The Documents I have been blessed to receive specifically speak of 3 accounts over a period of about 60 years involving Majoma and one not far north of it, however there must be many more as there is no less than 14 other cache sites mentioned... and two more fantastic documents, one in Nayrit and the other beginning in Jalisco and ending in Nayarit, written by none other than one of the Lauriono Brothers, the most revered by the people and famous band of banditos of Mexico.
Another more fantastic robbery took place in 1777 under the command of Captain Valentin Castrillon, told in the following.
Captain Valentin Castrillon was now Captain since the Brave Indian and former Captain Mursia had died and left him Valentin in command.
One day word came through spies, that a rather large shipment was headed their way which consisted of 12 mule trains of 40 mules each, 10 trains of pack mules carrying silver and 2 trains of Red Dune mules carrying Gold and shod with silver shoes.
Later they would discover the shipment was sent by General Barron de Vilpamaro, lord and master of the large mines of Sonora and Tamazula, he was sending it as tithing to his queen Isabel de España and that is why he sent them like this and the 10 trains of silver were from a convoy that came from Guarisona (Arizona) el Pilar, Gavilanes, San Dimas, Tlayoltita, El Naranjal, Metalito, Palualto, El Alto, others from Topia and other areas.
Captain Valentin gathered in his men and prepared them for the ambush at the location they knew as Lajita. When the Spanish mule trains entered the brena Valentin attacked, the battle was brutal and by the time the dust settled, 72 Spaniards were dead and 23 of Valentin’s banditos. Immediately the men gathered in the mules and began the short journey of 1 ½ leagues away but it was through some of the nastiest terrain God created. I took days to dispose of the dead many bodies of which were used to create a bridge across a deep desert wash to shorten the distance to the Cavern.
After the spoils were off loaded and filling even more of the cavern which they at one time vowed more than a hundred years before, to fill this cavern with Gold only, it seemed they had finally reached that goal as the could not get this stone lid back on and fitted tight. Valentin instructed his me to dig shallow trenches around the natural coral which held the cavern and dispose of the remainder of the vast cache. The trenches were filled with silver and gold and it is said it was done hap hazard and that even to this day, some of it remains uncovered. They has the same problem with the silver cache cavern, with not enough room to place it Valentin ordered the men to dig a pit in which they through the over burden of silver and mixing a sort of concrete covered the hole.
It wasn’t long after
that the Spanish authorities had had enough of the constant robberies of the
last 150 years or so and an all out effort was organized to hunt down the
native banditos. Over the next few short months many of the banditos had been
captured and executed and only a few short years after that,
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