The first meeting of Spaniards and natives of Mexican lands took place in what is now Yucatan in 1511, the Spanish officer Valdivia had left the port of Darien in the Antilles in the direction of the colony of Santo Domingo. Like many other boats that ventured into the waters of the Caribbean, its caravel ran aground in the area called "Los Bajos de las Viboras" and some men who were stranded were able to reach the coast of Yucatan, Mexico in a very small boat. Only two survived, Jerónimo de Aguilar (to be rescued by Hernan Cortés) and Gonzálo Guerrero, this accidental contact would not have been so important if Aguilar and Guerrero had not lived a process of cultural diffusion little known, learning the indigenous culture by the Spanish. In fact, Aguilar who learned the Maya language at such a level and knew the area so well that he became the first interpreter from Spanish to Maya. His role in the Spanish Conquest was later eclipsed by a woman whose wisdom of the Maya language and Nahuatl was key to Hernan Cortes's communication, she was known as "La Malinche" or "Doña Marina."