> Obregón traces the story to a 1698 account by Fray Gaspar de San Agustín
The event happened in 1593, but nobody wrote it down until 1698 almost 100 years later? [ Skepticism intensifies ]
But seriously, I suspect survivor-ship bias. Most people in Perez's position would in fact continue to be locked up, treated as likely deserters / in league with the devil, and generally lost to history. On a given day, if you just made up a story about the governor being killed, what are the odds you would be right? Probably much closer to win-the-lottery odds than entropy-reverses-itself odds.
There are churches in the world that's been built because some people (usually young girls) said they saw the Virgin Mary...
I'm not sure why this was posted? Something made it relevant today? The human brain is somehow wired to believe the most irrational things, not sure if there was an evolutionary benefit.
I don't think anything in particular happened today, it's just intriguing folklore with an interesting, albeit limited, history.