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Some Incidents In Cartagena De Las Indias

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In early seventeenth-century Cartagena de las Indias two men, both surgeons, came to know one another, though one was a Judeoconverso and the other a Mulato ex-slave. This inter-racial acquaintanceship, probably fairly typical for urban milieus of the time, evolved into a rather complicated relationship. The alleged Marrano on whom this chapter focuses is Blas (or Bras) de Paz Pinto, a Portuguese surgeon, born in Évora in or around 1590. Until around the age of thirty he lived in Lisbon. The only non-Portuguese who denounced Blas de Paz Pinto seems to have been the Mulato Diego López, who had been arrested by the same tribunal for alleged crimes of his own. One mutual interest of Mulata Rufina and López, mostly instigated by Rufina's determined curiosity, at least according to López's narration, consisted of spying on the city's suspected crypto-Jews.

Keywords: Blas de Paz Pinto; Judeoconverso; Mulata Rufina; Mulato Diego López; seventeenth-century Cartagena de las Indias



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