The Mulatta of Cordoba


They nicknamed her Soledad, for her habit of living away from the common social relationship, for staying single and for always rejecting all the suitors who fell in love with observing her overwhelming beauty; nor did she avoid being discriminated against because of her skin color, as she was the daughter of a Spanish father and a black mother.

This mysterious woman, the Mulata de Córdoba, disturbed the superstitious. There were constant rumors of Satanism and witchcraft among the neighbors, there was someone who was spying on her to corroborate her delusions.

Despite this, she devoted much of her time to charity: she listened to the needy, she offered help to desperate women in search of husbands, to the unemployed, those in need of advice or herbal remedies; he left everyone calm and healthy.

Don Martín de Ocaña, mayor of the town of Córdoba, accused her of having seduced him through a brew. He said he lost his mind and could not stop thinking about her, to the point of sending her countless gifts and constantly offering her passion and attention... his crush did not let him eat, sleep or work, so he sentenced her to die at the stake.

Accused of Satanism and witchcraft, she was imprisoned. Some say that in the Fortress of San Juan de Ulúa and others they claim that she was taken to the Tribunal of the Santa Inquisicion in Mexico City; the certain thing is that it had to hope to be executed in public, but the sentence never was carried out.

The jailer began to feel attracted to the beautiful prisoner and she took the opportunity to ask for a piece of coal... she could not deny it.

During her last days, Soledad started drawing a boat on one of the walls and every morning she asked the guard what details were missing from the work to be finished. He helped and she kept drawing.

There came a time when his work was so impressive that the jailer mentioned that the boat only needed to walk... that was when the Mulata de Córdoba jumped and entered the boat, which disappeared in the corner of the wall while she said goodbye with the hand…

No one saw her again since then.

La Mulata de Córdoba

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