This biracial servant from Buenos Aires, originally the cabin steward on the San Dominick, takes part in the early stages of the slave revolt. Unaware of Francesco’s role in this rebellion, Delano concludes, from a weak reply on Cereno’s part, that Francesco must be a good person because his “white blood” makes him superior to black people—an episode that only confirms that Delano consistently views the world through a racist lens. Although not much is known about Francesco’s life, he proves enterprising and devoted to the revolt when he suggests to Babo that they poison Delano, an idea that Babo discards.
Francesco Character Timeline in Benito Cereno
The timeline below shows where the character Francesco appears in Benito Cereno. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.