Hinojosa, Inés de: A sixteenth-century Tunja adulteress who murdered
several husbands and was ultimately hanged for her crimes. Hinojosa
is a racially unmarked fictional character in Juan Rodríguez Freile’s
seventeenth-century satire El carnero, but is identified by the twentieth-
century novelist Próspero Morales Pradilla as a mestiza.
Acero de Vargas, doña Catalina: A sixteen-year-old Spanish noblewoman
living in Santafé who is seduced by an “indio zambo” from Quito,
Francisco Suárez, under the pretense that he is a nobleman from Lima.
Her brother, Juan de Vargas, who is raising Catalina in his household,
brings criminal charges against Suárez in 1675 for wounding the family
Romero, Diego: Also known as Diego Hurtado. A conquistador and en-
comendero in Santafé, allegedly from Oran, who is accused in the 1550s
of being a Muslim convert and having escaped Spain after murdering
a woman. Romero lives in the barrio of Santa Bárbara, where he owns
a tileworks. The father of both Spanish and mestizo children, several
of whom go on to become priests, he is described as “a tall man with a
large body, brown-skinned [and] curly-headed, and with scant beard,
with an eye that opens and closes frequently.”
Suárez, Francisco: The late seventeenth-century suitor of doña Catalina
Acero de Vargas. Suárez, who was from Quito and was identified both
as an indio and a zambo, passed as a noble from Lima in his missives to
doña Catalina.
Tafur, Catalina: The mestiza daughter of the conquistador Juan Tafur. She
was brought up in seclusion (recogida) in sixteenth-century Santafé to
ensure she would grow up to be a lady, but after her father’s death she
escapes from her stepmother, Antonia Manuel de Hoyos, to live as a
mestiza in Indian habit. Although she attempts in this way to assuage
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