On purpose to expedite the march of this detachment
as much as possible, the viceroy caused thirty-six
mules to be purchased, which cost 12,000 ducats, the
money being taken from the royal treasury. Being
thus excellently equipped, they set out from Lima,
and marched to Guadachili, about twenty leagues
from Lima on their way to the valley of Jauja.
At this place a plot was formed by the soldiers for
killing Vela Nunnez and deserting to the army of Gonzalo,
which was revealed by the following incident.
Certain scouts who preceded the detachment about four
leagues beyond Guadachili in the district of Pariacaca,
met the friar Thomas de San Martino, provincial of
the Dominicans, who had been sent by the viceroy to
Cuzco to try if it were possible to come to some agreement
with Gonzalo; on this occasion one of the soldiers
secretly informed the provincial of the particulars
of the conspiracy, begging him to take immediate means
of prevention, as it was to be executed on the following
night. The provincial accordingly hastened his
journey to Guadachili, taking all the scouts he could
meet with along with him, as he told them their present
expedition was entirely useless, as Puelles and his
troops had passed through Jauja two days before, and
it was now impossible to intercept them. On his
arrival in Guadachili, the provincial immediately
informed Vela Nunnez of the danger to which he was
exposed, who accordingly consulted with some of his
friends and relations on the means of escape.
In the evening, they ordered out their horses, as if
for the purpose of sending them to water, and mounting
them immediately, they saved themselves by flight
under the cloud of night, being guided on their way
by the provincial.
[Footnote 1: The place mentioned in the text
is probably what is now named Guarochiri, which is
in the direction of the march, and nearly at the distance
When the flight of Vela Nunnez and his friends was
known, Juan de la Torre, Pedro Hita, Jorge Griego,
and the other soldiers who had formed the conspiracy,
went immediately to the main guard, where they compelled
all the other soldiers, under threats of instant death,
to promise going off along with them to join Gonzalo.
Almost the whole of the detachment promised compliance,
and even the captain Gonzalo Diaz was of the number;
but he was apparently more harshly treated by the conspirators
than the others. They tied his hands as if fearing
he might use measures against them; yet he was not
only believed to have been a participator in the plot,
but was even supposed to be its secret leader.
Most of the inhabitants of Lima expected Diaz to act
in the way he did, as he was son-in-law to Puelles
against whom he was sent, and it was not to be supposed
he would give his aid to arrest his father-in-law.
The whole party therefore, immediately set out in
search of Gonzalo, mounted on the mules which had
cost so high a price, and joined him near the city