Timucuan Poisoning, June 20, 1661, Santo Domingo de Talaje



Names:                 Martín, Lázaro, Enrique, Pablo, Josefa, Matilde, Mariana, Victoria,

                             Prudencia (a girl), Antonico, Andrés, Miguel,

                             and 6 others (Timucua)                    

Date:                      June 20, 1661

Place:                   Santo Domingo de Talaje (present Fort King George) near Darien, GA


Medicine men of the Westos tribe killed a group of Christian Timucuan men, women and children in a tragic and macabre event in 1661. The medicine men taunted the Christians and told them that they would “experience the pain of hell” before dying. They poisoned them with poisonous arrow tips. 

“…two witch doctors or medicine men of the Chichimechos, who were recognized from their appearance—the feathers and paintings they were wearing—entered the hut where those who bled to death were. He said that others accompanied them—bowmen—who were carrying their arrows and spears; and many shouts were heard; and those who were seized were begging by God, Our Lord, and by the Most Holy Virgin, that they not kill them; and that in this situation these Chichmecos Indians merely laughed at them and told them that very soon they would depart for Heaven; and then the two witch doctors or medicine men left the hut, and the bowmen stayed behind; and nothing else happened; then the bowmen went away, and some time afterward the two Indians Ángel and Casualta entered and saw the dead persons; and they observed that they did not have visible wounds; their bodies were full of blood, in all parts, as if they had burst, but, as he said, there were no wounds.The older Indian, Casualta, said the same thing, and he added that they heard something that sounded like a groan or shouts of pain or of prayers. And then the medicine men of the Chichimecos left, and then the rest of the enemies, and then all was silence.”