Black slaves and white owners in Guatemala, 1648

Spanish Translation
Un amigo mío que se llamaba Juan Palomeque [que organizaba trenes de mulas desde Guatemala hasta la costa del golfo]..era tan cruel que a sus negros si había alguno rebelde, los torturaba casi hasta la muerte; entre ellos tenía a un esclavo llamado Macaco (por quien yo intercedía a menudo pero con poco éxito) a quien a menudo colgaba de los brazos y le azotaba hasta que la sangre corría por su espalda, y sus carnes rotas y deshechas estaban envueltas en sangre, él le vertía como última cura grasa hirviendo en la espalda, él lo había marcado como esclavo con hierros candentes en la cara, los brazos, las piernas, la espalda y el vientre, tanto que el pobre esclavo temía a la vida misma, creo que se hubiera ahorcado dos o tres veces si yo no le hubiera disuadido. Él (Palomeque) era tan sensual y carnal que utilizaba a las esposas de sus esclavos para su propio placer; que cuando se encontraba en la ciudad con alguna de este tipo que fuera bella y de su agrado, si ella no cedía a su deseo, él iba a su amo o ama y la compraba, ofreciendo mucho más de lo que valía, y alardeaba diciendo que desmoronaría su apariencia orgullosa y altanera, con un año de esclavitud bajo su mando. En el tiempo que lo conocí mató a dos indios de camino al golfo, pero con su dinero se libró como si no hubiera matado más que a un perro. Nunca se casaría, por que sus esclavas le proporcionaban los placeres de cama de una esposa, y ninguno de sus vecinos se atrevía a decirle nada, por lo que se apresuró a llenar el valle con bastardos de todos los colores, los que, cuando muera ese rico mísero, consumirán toda su fortuna y tesoro.    

English Original
One friend of mine, called Juan Palomeque [who ran mule caravans from Guatemala to the Gulf coast]...was so cruel to his blackamoors that if any were untoward, he would torment them almost to death; amongst whom he had one slave called Macaco (for whom I have often interceded, but to little purpose) whom he would often hang up by the arms, and whip him till the blood ran about his back, and then his flesh being torn, mangled, and all in a gore blood, he would for last cure pour boiling grease upon it; he had marked him for a slave with burning irons upon his face, his hands, his arms, his back, his belly, his thighs, his legs, that the poor slave was weary of life, and I think would two or three times have hanged himself, if I had not counseled him to the contrary. He [Palomeque] was so sensual and carnal that he would use his own slaves' wives at his pleasure; nay when he met in the city any of that kind, handsome and to his liking, if she would not yield to his desire, he would go to her master or mistress, and buy her, offering far more than she was worth, boasting that he would pull down her proud and haughty looks, with one years' slavery under him. He killed in my time two Indians on the way to the Gulf, and with his money came off, as if he had killed but a dog. He would never marry, because his slaves supplied the bed of a wife, and none of his neighbors durst say him nay; whereby he hasted to fill that valley with bastards of all sorts and colors, by whom, when that rich miser dieth, all his wealth and treasure is like to be consumed....    








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