MEXICAN TRIVIA

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Did you know …… Robert Louis Stevenson while in the port of Ensenada, waiting for his ship to go to Hawaii, wrote part of his book, “Treasure Island”.

Lucia Zarate, billed as the worlds smallest lady, at the age of 18 weighed 2 kilos, born in Sonora, Mexico, she worked on the Barnum & Bailey Circus. She died at the age of 26 from hypothermia, when the circus train got stranded in the Rocky Mountains during a blizzard (1890).

The Scwartz & Meurer Construction Company along with architect Gustav Eiffel of tower fame, designed and built the kiosko (bandstand) in Cuernavaca, the Church in Santa Rosalia, Baja California and the American Consulate building in Puebla, Puebla (now VIPS Restaurant.).

Malcolm Lowry, Author of “Under the Volcano” was deported twice from Mexico, both times for barroom brawls…(What an honor).

Dictator Porfirio Diaz gave William Randolph Hearst(Pattys grandad), 2 and a half million acres of land in Mexico so that he would only write positive stories about his Presidency in his newspapers. (talk about the ministry of propaganda, makes you wonder if the sinking of the Maine was real or not).

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4 responses »

  1. Great post. I’ve been reading a lot lately about Alma Reed, a journalist from San Francisco who was engaged to the first and only socialist governor of Yucatan. She was also largely responsible for introducing Jose Clemente Orozco’s art to the United States. She also had this whole other life in Lebanon. Quite a fascinating character.

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