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Velasquez, Pedro

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of the unidentified author – possibly a carnival showman named Walter J Morris (?   -?   ) – of a short hoax Lost Race tale, Memoir of an Eventful Expedition in Central America: Resulting in the Discovery of the Idolatrous City of Iximaya [for full title see Checklist below] (1850 chap), describing an expedition to the state of Chiapas, Mexico, where a vast City is found, inhabited by descendants the Assyrian empire. The intruders abscond with two dwarf children, who are brought to America and the UK, where they are exhibited, as in real life happened to a brother and sister named Maximo and Bartolo.

The backstory given in Memoir is of course false; the text was distributed to advertise the show. For some time it was widely thought to be factual. The siblings may have survived until 1900 or so. [JC]

"Pedro Velasquez"


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