| 1632 series |
POD: May, 1631
|Appearance(s):||Grantville Gazette XV|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Relatives:||Federico Vespucci (second cousin)|
Sergio Antonelli was a merchant from of the Republic of Venice. Antonelli had first heard of Grantville after buying a Barbie doll from Federico Vespucci, who had purchased the doll while visiting the town. Later, Grantville sent a delegation to Venice to trade goods and knowledge. Antonelli and Vespucci began a brisque business hoarding the modern dolls and selling them at higher prices to collectors. Antonelli decided to travel to Spain and present a doll to the Court in an effort to ingratiate himself with the royal family. While sailing to Cadiz on ship, his vessel was intercepted by Muslim pirate Jan Janszoon. Janszoon discovered the doll and interrogated Antonelli, who shared everthing he knew about Grantville. After Janszoon finished his interrogation, he released Antonelli on the condition that Antonelli safely escort Janszoon's son Cornelis Jansen van Sallee to Grantville. To make sure Antonelli held up his end of the deal, Janszoon took Antonelli's son hostage, giving Antonelli two years to complete the journey.