Was Zorro's character real or just a fairy tale?


The reality of the character of the hero Zorro

Was Zorro's character real or just a fairy tale?

Was there really someone in the past walking around old California wearing a mask and black cloak, called 'Zorro'?

The answer is of course not, there was no historical man named Don Diego de la Vega wearing a mask, or he was a bandit, in ancient Spanish California, Zorro's character is a fantasy. But there's a real history behind the mask!

There were many Irish fighting and defending the oppressed in different parts of the world. So, there were many realists who had a lot of similarities with Zorro, and it's no surprise that one of them became a special hero, like the new Robin Hood, portrayed by contemporary writers and directors as a legend or a crippling Viking leader.

Zorro's first prototype often refers to the so-called 'Irish Zorro'. However, there is more than one other name for him, such as Don Guillain de Lombardo, Guillain de Lampard, Guillain de Lampard, etc. What we do know is that he lived in the 17th century, was born in Ireland, but lived a mobile life. He moved to England, then to Spain, and finally to colonial Mexico. His story has been hidden in Mexican Inquisition archives for centuries and was not discovered until the last quarter of the last century. However, few historians interested in him are unaware of the history of 17th-century Ireland and Europe, and cannot confirm his claims or fully understand his identity.

Who's William Lamport? 

William Lamport was born in Wexford in 1611 (according to his brother) or in 1615 (various other sources). He is the youngest of four children of Richard Lamport and Anastasia Sutton. Anastasia Sutton is the oldest descendant of the British Catholic aristocracy, first coming to Ireland in the 12th century and building a legendary castle in Rossler. The main branch of the family remains faithful to the English royal family, but circumstances have forced the descendants of some secondary branches, like many old British Catholic families, to rebel against the British, such as William Patrick's grandfather. When Hugh O'Neill's rebellion spread in the 1890s to Leinster, Patrick joined Viscount Mongaret and took part in the Battle of Kinsale.

William Lamport was educated by Augustine and Franciscans in Wexford and the Jesuits in Dublin. In 1628 he went to study in London but was forced to leave because of his political views. He signed a contract with a group of pirates. But he jumped off the ship in 1630 and fled to Accoronia, Spain, where he continued to study at St. Patrick's College and called himself 'Girona Lombardo'. In 1632, it was recommended by the Governor of Accoronia, Marquez de Mandela, to the Duke of Olivares (1587−45), Prime Minister of Philippe IV (1621-1665). And he got a break. He was summoned to court in Spain.

Lamport is best known for helping women and a duel man, where he studied at the Academies of S. Lorenzo (Escorial) and S. Isidro (Madrid) in 1632-1633. As commander of the Spanish army, he fought bravely against Swedish and French forces in Nordlingen (1634) and Fuentrabia (1638). He was a handsome young man, with red hair and bright eyes, painted by Peter Paul Robbins and Anton Van Dijk in 1634-1635. Returning to Madrid in 1639, Richard Nugent's secret mission was to raise money and soldiers for the Irish rebellion. In 1640, Olivares sent him to Mexico to observe the new ruler, Marquez de Vinina, who was suspected of sympathizing with the Portuguese uprising. Spanish rule has been challenged in many places, and Mexico is on the verge of collapse. The Inquisition is so powerful and available everywhere, judges and public officials are notorious thieves, oppressed classes filled with anger and a desire for revenge. The church was divided into reformers and conservatives. In Mexico City, Lamport was living a double life. He entered into a relationship with wealthy heiress Antonia Torsius (although he left his girlfriend Ana Cano e Leiva and his son Teresa in Spain), entered the highest social circle and was collecting evidence against Vilina and transferring it to Olivares and to Juan Paradox, the new Bishop of Puebla and leader of the Reform Party.\r\nOn June 9, 1642, Velin was arrested by Parafox, who succeeded him as governor for several months. During this chaotic period, Lamport conspired to overthrow Spanish rule with the help of another former ruler, Marquez de Cadretta (his wife is said to be his mistress). On October 26, 1642, the Inquisition arrested Lamport and accused him of conspiring against Spain to free Indians and slaves, had close ties to Indian witch doctors and engaged in astrology. He was accused of trying to prove himself as an independent king of Mexico. Lamport spent seven years in prison and became the leader of the prisoners, most of whom were Jews or Jews who converted to Islam, imprisoned by the Inquisition. With the help of the honest new governor, Duke of Alba Alice and palafox supporters, he managed to escape from prison on December 26, 1650, but remained in Mexico City. At night, he hung posters condemning the crimes of investigators on the city walls. A few days later he was arrested again and detained for another nine years, and while in prison he wrote several brochures in Spanish. attacked the court. He has also written nearly a thousand beautiful poems in Latin, but they have not yet been published. When He was Palafox, he fell ill and was sentenced to death by burning on November 19, 1659. His fame increased after his death, and he made his support for Indians and disadvantaged groups a hero in their eyes and in the eyes of franciscans. In people's imagination, he became a hero shot in the dark, despised and mocked by the inquisition, and wanted to become king of the liberation of Indians and slaves. In his final will, Lamport announced that he was convinced that the Archbishop of Mexico City had been inundated by the fires of hell.

In 1666, black and moloto in Mexico City launched a street rebellion around the cathedral where Irish fugitives were flying the flag. A drunk named Bautista screamed that the Archbishop of Mexico City was burning in hell as Lamport predicted Lamport's reputation spread to Nicaragua, and the following year, Franciscan Fredigo de la Cruz was sentenced to prison since 1661 for publicly praising Lamport.  Lamport-Lombardo's name is no longer discussed publicly, but his fans were secretly whispering to him, leading to the outbreak of the Indian uprising. On December 19, 1760, near Puebla, Antonio Pérez, near Puebla, launched a movement of believers from the 'Saints', who brought Christianity to the local traditions that merged together.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Indian uprisings and Christian expectations continued to be severely suppressed. On the night of August 26, 1796, a sign hung on the door of Mexico City Cathedral.  Encourages Mexicans to get rid of property and religion in the style of the French Revolution. Two French men, Captain Jean-Marie Morgi and Dr. Stefan Morel, were arrested for the plot and both committed suicide in a strong protest against investigators. In 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo, the son of a poor peasant, and an avid reader of Rousseau according to the Inquisition. He exclaimed 'Long live the Virgin of Guadeloupe, the bad government and the Spanish died', leading to a rebellion. He was defeated and executed the following year. In one of the two months of 1815, Judge José Mariano Perstein died of a stroke during a violent sermon in Hidalgo. A sign immediately appeared, just like a Lamport sign, this is God's fair trial.  Five years later, it was forever abolished in the eyes of the people, won by William Lamport.

But the long centuries that followed Lambert's life are not over. In 1872, a retired Mexican general (Vicente Riva Palacio) wrote a historical love story in the style of the Three Knights of Douma, entitled 'Memories of the Crook'. The hero of this book, Jiln Lombardo, lives a double life, conspiring with a secret society to resist Spain and the Inquisition. This novel closely follows Lamport's story included in an excerpt from the original narrative of Lamport's trial. The protagonist is a kind of revolutionary hero seeking freedom, but he is also without Joan looking for true love. As a member of Freemasonry, Riva Palacio brought the Irish people a turning point in Freemasonry. Lombardo was a victim of ecclesiastical obscurantism. Discover the principles of life.

The famous letter 'Z' Zero, taken from the High Language of Zeza, is engraved on a burning star and symbolizes the genius that can bring people to a noble cause. In 1919, Johnston McCauley, a journalist from New York and a freemasonry member, retold the story and gave it a name.

In 1919, Johnston McCauley, a journalist and Masonic from New York, rewrote the story and gave the hero a new name Diego de la Vega, aka Zuru. The alias Zorro [Fox] was borrowed from another Palacio character, Martin Garatusa, whose prototype was another opponent of the Inquisition in the 17th century. Macaulay shortened the Mexican writer's complex plot into an action novel. The location changed from Mexico City in the 17th century to California, Spain in the 18th\/19th century, simplifying dialogue and description. But he understands the importance of the Freemasonry symbol and uses it as a cornerstone of all his heroic actions. The double life hero tries to impress 'Z' at all. Readers may think that's his name. But for 'beginners', this is a symbol of the triumph of light over darkness. If the scarlet characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's book symbolize the shame and guilt of 'A' for American readers, the bloody and bright letter 'Z' symbolizes the revenge and victory of the oppressed.

But what if everything we think about Zorro the Irishman is wrong?

Zorro is Spanish. Zorro is a hero from the time of ancient Spanish California

It all sounds great, doesn't it? Well, I found in my research that McCauley didn't read Riva Palacio. Instead, both McCauley and Reeva Palacio were playing from the same scenario, so to speak. In other words, both were influenced by Dumas-esque's faltering 19th-century romantic novels. Zorro irish, unfortunately, is not Zorro at all - at least, Lamport is not the inspiration for the Zorro we knew.\r\nIn fact, Macaulay's version of Zorro is Spanish, also based in Old Spanish California. But to my knowledge, Zorro is actually based on the legend of Joaquin Moreta. A bandit may have been born in Sonora, Mexico, around 1830.

When you visit Trincheras and Sonora you will find joaquín Murrieta's possible birthplace. His story became a symbol of the great Mexican immigration to California after the discovery of gold in Sartre Mill. Morita's story revolves around ethnic violence and settlement colonialism. The land that once belonged to Mexico is now part of the United States. Morita became a notorious criminal. A price was placed on his head, and he was tracked down and killed by the California Rangers. The head of Morita's leader, or another unfortunate victim leader, is displayed across the state. A $1 ticket for a chance to see the terrible trophy for American expansion. There was a legend about Morita. Another writer, John Rollin Ridge, wrote a semi-fictional novel about Morita's life called Ridge's.

'Morita's head for $1'
'Morita's head for $1'

Morita's head was later lost in California in 1906 due to a fire that broke out after the San Francisco earthquake in California.
But a question that arises here? How did a legendary Mexican thief - loaned to British Americans in California - become the Spanish nobleman Zorro?
Short answer :
Shortly after rich's novel was published, Morita's sweat was 'whitewashed' and his class status improved as well. A five-chapter play called Joaquin Murieta de Castillo was written and performed. Among them, Morita Kubia was born, so he can claim the identity of a noble (white) Creole.\r\nThis process lasted 70 years from Morita's life to Zorro's debut in 1919. The real change occurred in a book entitled Captain Courtesy written in the 2000s. In the book, the protagonist shows all the characteristics of Morita Robin Hood, etc. - but he also pretends to be Zorro. But that is the fundamental difference. Captain Cortesi fought for the Americans against Mexico.

Morita's text flipped. The protagonist is essentially Morita, but he is now dedicated to a white story about California. Macaulay watched the film version of the polite captain in 1915. A few months later, Macaulay wrote a book entitled 'Captain Fly-By-Night'. This story contains everything we know about Zorro - disguise, fake identity, attention to love, fighting for the weak - but it happened during the Gold Rush era.
In other words, Zorro basically plays the same role as Murrieta, but he is now back in the old Spanish state of California.
Remember when I said everything we knew about zoor was wrong? Yes, indeed. Before Zorro became Spain, he was a legend in Mexico. Zorro's history is the history of Mexican Americans.
Revealing Zorro's origin is to make a bold claim. The history of American culture is due to the Latin experience. Zorro is an innovation based on the history of Latinos who helped create American superheroes. Latin history, experience and culture are an important part of making America American.

Zorro films produced by cinema throughout the ages 

  1. Hollywood in The Mark of Zorro (1920).
  2. The latest Hollywood film Zorro Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro (1998).