Another remnant of the Spanish occupation on El Panecillo is this octagonal structure. It was originally a jail and is now abandoned. There is little else to see on the mountain dating back to the Spanish occupation. Yet this historic location will always be celebrated for the bravery of General Antonio José de Sucre and his nearly 3,000 soldiers. They confronted the Spanish in a bloody assault on May 24, 1822 and secured their surrender the following day. This victory also led to the capitulation of Guayaquil a few weeks later. Both freed cities then became part of the Republic of Columbia.