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Joaquin Murieta Biographies: Inspiration for Zorro

Posted: July 25th, 2019, 11:45 am
by TriciaG
On This Day in 1853: Joaquin Murieta, the famous Californio bandit known as the "Robin Hood of El Dorado", is killed. He was reportedly the inspiration for Johnston McCulley's Zorro character.

I've found two books about him:

Joaquin, (the Claude Duval of California), or, The marauder of the mines: a romance founded on truth:
https://archive.org/details/joaquinclaudeduv00willrich/page/n7

Joaquin Murieta, the brigand chief of California. A complete history of his life from the age of sixteen to the time of his capture and death in 1853:
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/012392753
This was published in 1932, but it's available as Full View on HathiTrust, so it's been confirmed as PD. Author died in 1974, so it's only PD in the US. It was sourced from Google, but I cannot find it on Google Books.