During the 1800s, the merchant class in Mexico City had goods shipped from Spain and China. Many times ships would get lost at sea to storms or pirates. Then, once arriving to the port of Acapulco and loaded on carts, the goods might be stolen by Zapotec Indians. Consequently, the price of goods was always more than the merchants originally paid for them. Of course! They had to make a profit, but this practice gave them a bad name – Scorpions! Here’s just one of the tales about how Don Lorenzo was called El Alacran.

This legend comes from oral traditions, but Billie Ruth added a few choice details of her own. Let’s go meet El Fraile y el Alacran – The Friar and the Scorpion.

Host: Billie Ruth Furuichi; Producer: Billie Ruth Furuichi

Story and music written and performed by Billie Ruth Furuichi.

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