One day in 1651, the chief of the Coromoto Indian Tribes of Cospes, accompanied by his wife, was going to a part of the mountains where he had farmland. At a creek, a beautiful Lady of incomparable beauty, holding in her arms a radiant and precious child, appeared to the two Indians, walking on the pristine waters of the stream. They marvelled, staring spellbound at the majestic Lady who smiled lovingly at them and spoke to the chief in his language, telling him "Go to where the white men are to receive water on your head so you can go to heaven.” These words were accompanied by so much unction and persuasiveness that they touched the heart of Cacique and made him willing to meet the wishes of such a lovely Lady.
An honest and good Spanish Christian named Juan Sánchez was travelling to El Tocuyo for an important issue. Somewhere on the mountain the chief of the Coromoto Indians came out to meet him, telling him that a beautiful woman with a child of singular beauty had appeared to him in a creek, giving him the order to go to where the white men lived for them to place water on his head so he may go to heaven. He added that he and all of his tribe were determined to fulfil the desires of such a sublime Lady.
Juan Sánchez, pleasantly surprised by the story of the Indian, said he was going to travel to a town called El Tocuyo and that he would return after 8 days and then would be willing to go with him.
At the given time, all the tribe left with the Spaniard and, as directed by Juan Sánchez, the caravan stopped in the angle formed by the confluence of the rivers Guanaguanare and Tucupido in a place known as Coromoto. Juan Sánchez immediately went to the Villa of the Holy Spirit of Guanaguanare and told the authorities what had happened. The authorities that governed the Villa arranged for the Indians to remain on Coromoto and placed Juan Sánchez in charge of them (Encomendero), in order to show them the land for them to work and to indoctrinate them in the Christian religion.
Months passed and the work of the construction of the settlement and on the farmlands progressed. The children were in charge of fetching water from the creek for domestic use but often took too long and were punished, until it was discovered that the reason for the delay was that the Beautiful Lady kept appearing, her loving smile and heavenly presence enthralling those who never tired of admiring her, and that is how the time passed. When adults went to try to see her, they saw nothing, because only the children could see her. Due to the children’s accounts, the appearances of the Beautiful Lady became famous, as well as the waters of the creek. These waters were thought to be miraculous, because several times they were sent to Europe and, after many months, they arrived as fresh as when they were taken from the creek.
The selfless Spaniard did his job with the utmost care, sparing no effort to make their stay in Coromoto comfortable and enjoyable. The aborigines built their village there, received distributed land and happily attended the doctrinal explanation, fruitfully given by the good Encomendero, helped in this arduous task by his wife and two companions. Success crowned this apostolic work as, little by little, the Indians received the baptismal waters and regenerated in this purifying bath.