Favorite Maps

Some of our Members Favorite Maps, with brief descriptions. If you have a favorite map, let us know and we'll add it!

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Only Spanish map of New Spain printed in the 18th century

Wes Brown: In 1768 Don José Antonio de Alzate y Ramirez made a large manuscript map of New Spain. For centuries, Spain jealously guarded its geographic knowledge about the New World and rarely allowed information to be published. Breaching protocol Alzate sent the manuscript to the French Royal Academy of Sciences hoping they would publish it. They did, resulting in the only 18th century printed map of New Spain that uses Spanish information! The map is full of new detail, like the name "Texas".