The Coyaimas formed one of the cores of the
vast nation Pijao , citizens of Colombia, living on both banks of the Magdalena
River from the low Saldaña, which occupied the Ortega River and had a village
of its still existing name for the valley of Neiva , formerly called the Valley
of Sorrows and Tristura, to the ends of Timana .
At the time of the conquest, the Spanish
crown sent a military, Juan de Borja and Armendia , seventh President of the Real
Audiencia of Bogotá , to declare war on the Pijaos. Realizing the conqueror of