George Psalmanazar (elaborate fake history of Taiwan)

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AdamBielka
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Post by AdamBielka » February 27th, 2020, 5:16 pm

George Psalmanazar was a French con-man who pretended to be from Taiwan and wrote an elaborate fraudulent backstory for himself. Widely believed at the time, be wrote a completely fake history of Taiwan that was just pure hooey. Even Jon Swift cited him. It's a fascinating in the of history fraud.

https://archive.org/details/historicalgeogr00psal/page/n21/mode/2up

English and French translations available in the public domain.
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