PRINCESS DÁCIL - The Guanche people - Tenerife

Princess Dácil

A King's daughter who married a Spanish captain
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Princess Dácil was the daughter of Bencomo, King of Taoro - a bitter enemy of the Spanish. However, the princess fell in love and married one of the invaders, Captain Fernán García del Castillo. This romantic love story had a dramatic climax when the Guanche Duriman El Montañéz, whose love Dácil had rejected, accused her of being alone with a Spaniard.  As a result she was condemned to be locked up, however Bencomo himself ordered his daughter's release when he found out her meeting had been in front of witnesses. After her marriage, Dácil was baptised and was called Mencías del Castillo.