|From the 1990's series Zorro, the most colorful, |
cheesy incarnation of the legend
(and my guilty pleasure)
|Terrifying portrait of Joaquín Murrieta|
that appeared posthumously in the Sacramento
newspaper. Wikimedia Commons.
|Statue of Hidalgo in|
Coyoacán (D. F.), México.
In spite of my consuming interest in history related to Spain, I might never have known about these extraordinary freedom fighters if it hadn’t been for the fictional character they (could have) inspired. I doubt Johnston McCulley had anything on his mind beyond profiting from writing, but inadvertently, he ensured the legacies of Murrieta, Hidalgo, and Lamport would live on.