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As he gained acceptance into the culture, he taught Spanish combat tactics to the Maya, which are said to have allowed them to drive out the conquistadors.
Guerrero himself became a highly respected figure in Mayan society, marrying a princess named Zazil Ha and being given the temples of Ichpaatún, north of Chetumal.
When they announced the news in 1948, Ruth’s father threw her out of the house, while Seretse’s uncle declared “if he brings his white wife here, I will fight him to the death.” Bowing to pressure from apartheid South Africa, the British government attempted to stop the marriage and then prevented the couple from returning to Botswana.
Some of the first people of Spanish/ Mayan heritage were the product of a truly incredible marriage.Much of this work rested on the efforts of a remarkable young man named Arcadio Huang.Born in a small town in China’s Fujian province, Huang’s Catholic parents were set on him becoming a priest.In 1713, Huang married a middle-class Parisian woman named Marie-Claude Regnier.There are very few records of marriages between Europeans and non-Europeans during this time period and many considered such relationships unthinkable.