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I 2 ~ Tales of Potosi Rodrigo de Alburquerque also died of the wounds that Don Julio had given him, for all efforts to cure them were in vain. The governor returned to Los Reyes at the end of that same year of 159 8 and upon his arrival in La paz fell ill with a severe bout of fever that carried him off in a few days. In this manner ended the lives of all three of Floriana's suitors, while she, since her only aim was to serve God, emerged from her hiding place as soon as the corregidor Lopidana had left office and from that time onward lived a very reclusive life in her parents' home and preserved her virginity all her life long. And Don Juan Pasquier says that she died at an advanced age and was held by all to be a great servant of God. ,\ \ , 1602 • A 'I'ale of Sound and Fury 'I HEN the corregidor Don Alvaro Patin0 3 realized how powerful were the mem- bers of the Basque nation in wealth and arms, he determined to join them in order (as Captain Mendez and Acosta tell us) to persecute the Creoles, Andalusians, and Estremadurans, for whom he had a mortal hatred. The afore- said authors (as well as Don Juan Pasquier, Bartolome de Duenas, and Juan Sobrino) report the official posts, wealth, and power held by th~Basques in the year 1602: they tell us that of the I 32 heads of refineries in the Ribera 80 were of that nation; the posts of honor in the city (judicial positions and offices in the mint and exchequer) were in the main ad- ministered by them. This gave rise to a very arrogant attitude on their part, scornful of all other nations, and for this reason the peace and calm of the inhabitants of Potosi were totally lost; the situation worsened daily until it gave birth to new misfortunes. The Basques' arrogance swelled until it burst and their pride was brought low with notable injuries, deaths, and destruction, as we shall see. Those who occupy the heights are farther from the lofty knowledge o(G()d than those whose way lies at the lowest levels if they do not surtender themselves to God and try to follow in the footsteps of His virtues. Vainly do they aspire to enjoy honors, high office, and wealth if they are arrogant in the loftiness of their position and act as if the authority exercised were theirs and not God's. But His Divine Majesty punishes and destroys them because of this arrogance. When the corregidor Patino observed the strength of the Cantabrian nation, he attempted to get into the Basques' good graces and carry out his purpose, which was (according to the authors I have mentioned above) to punish some of the rich men among the Andalusians and Estremadurans (as well as the Peruvians, or Creoles) because they opposed many of the manifestations of his greed and ambition. And while the corregidor was very happy to have gained the Basques' good
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= 'J!W'. .'\. . \ '4 fi Tales of Potosi will in order to achieve his aim, they also were happy because they believed that no one would now intervene in their fac- tional fights and brawls; and Captain Pedro Mendez even says
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course LAH 2020 taught by Professor Victoruribe during the Fall '11 term at FIU.

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