Monday, August 06, 2007

Statues of Querétaro: The Iron Maiden

This cool, refreshing drink of water is Doña Josefa Vergara y Hernandez, who was born in 1747, died in 1809 and, since 2006, has stood in bronze effigy outside Teresita's Superette on Reforma Ave. A Google search turns up 700 references to things in Querétaro that are named after her, but virtually nothing about why they're named after her. Apparently, she donated a boatload of money to the town in her lifetime - "almost a million pesos" according to the plaque. That's nearly enough to purchase a small one-bedroom house in a questionable neighborhood here, though it probably went a lot further back in the 1790s. Where the money came from, no one's willing to say. Since the dead can't be libeled, we're going to suggest that it came from trafficking in child sex slaves.

I'm sure that, like us, you looked at the photo and thought it was the other man-faced, bun-haired Doña Josefa: Doña Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez. It's a common mistake. Everything in Querétaro not named after DJVyH is named after DJOdD - though DJOdD's statue doesn't actually contain an image of her. Frankly, this is for the best. If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Querétaro in the late-18th Century was not a sexy town.

(Previous "Statues of Querétaro" entry here.)

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