In the long list of instructions that Hernán Cortés had been given by Velázquez, the governor of Fernandina (Cuba) under whose orders he had sailed to Yucatan, was a mandate to find several Christians believed to be stranded on the coast.
That document is descriptive of the times and is worthy of study. It instructed Cortés to treat the locals with “much kindness”, find out more information about Amazons and dog-faced people living in the forests and, above all, to serve God.
Six lost Christians were mentioned several times, indicating just how important it was to find them.
There was no trace of them on Cozumel, however, although the local Mayas did say that two Spaniards were living in the nearby mainland town of Chaktemal.