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Made in Taiwan? How a Frenchman Fooled 18th-Century London

Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 18:28

Benjamin Breen on the remarkable story of George Psalmanazar, the mysterious Frenchman who successfully posed as a native of Formosa (now modern Taiwan) and gave birth to a meticulously fabricated culture with bizarre customs, exotic fashions, and its own invented language.