Mapping Latin America. A Cartographic Reader (Edited by Jordana Dym and Karl Offen)

In Mapping Latin America, Jordana Dym and Karl Offen bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine and interpret more than five centuries of Latin American maps. Individual chapters take on maps of every size and scale and from a wide variety of mapmakers—from the hand-drawn maps of Native Americans, to those by famed explorers such as Alexander von Humboldt, to those produced in today’s newspapers and magazines for the general public. The maps collected here, and the interpretations that accompany them, provide an excellent source to help readers better understand how Latin American countries, regions, provinces, and municipalities came to be defined, measured, organized, occupied, settled, disputed, and understood—that is, how they came to have specific meanings to specific people at specific moments in time.

Mapping Latin America

A Cartographic Reader

Edited By Jordana Dym and Karl Offen

The University of Chicago Press

June 2011

Table of contents

Foreword Matthew H. Edney

Acknowledgments

Introduction Karl Offen and Jordana Dym

I. The Colonial Period: Explorations and Empires

Imagining a New World

1. Early Empires Francisco Estrada-Belli and Heather Hurst

Mural, north wall of Room 1 at La Sufricaya, Guatemala, ca. AD 379

2. America John Hébert

Martin Waldseemüller, Universalis cosmographia, 1507

3. Charting Shores Ricardo Padrón

Diogo Ribeiro, CartaUniversal, 1529

4. Fabled Land D. Graham Burnett

Walter Ralegh, map of Guiana (El Dorado), ca. 1596

Urban Society

5. Indigenous Civilization Barbara E. Mundy

Map of Tenochtitlán (Mexico), 1524

6. Projecting Order Richard L. Kagan

Plano fundacional de San Juan de la Frontera (Argentina), 1571

Plaza Mayor de Lima, 1680

7. Hybrid Space Barbara E. Mundy

Map from the Relación Geográfica of Cholula (Mexico), 1579–1581

Environment and Society

8. Litigating Land Barbara E. Mundy

Oztoticpac Lands Map, Texcoco (Mexico), ca. 1540

9. Mining Mountains Peter Bakewell

Illustration with map of a Potosí silver refining mill and Cerro Rico, ca. 1590

Planta general de la Villa Ymperial de Potosí (Bolivia), ca. 1590

10. Between Two Seas W. George Lovell and Christopher H. Lutz

Antonio Herrera, Descripción del Avdiencia de Gvatimala, 1604

Juan López de Velasco, Descripción de la Audiencia de Guatemala, 1575

11. Bourbons and Water Vera S. Candiani

Joaquín Velázquez de León and Joseph de Burgaleta, Perfil y corte por la latitud de las compuertas y puntos principales del canal de Huehuetoca (Mexico), 1774

Ignacio Castera, Plano general de toda la extensión del Desagüe (Mexico), 1795

Counter Visions

12. Andean Empire Rolena Adorno

Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, map of Huamanga (Peru), 1590s

Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, Mapa mundi de[l] Reino de las In[di]as, 1615

13. Imperial Rivalries Matthew Restall

Herman Moll, A Map of the West-Indies . . . explaining what belongs to Spain, England, France, Holland, etc., 1715

14. Allegory and Empire Ricardo Padrón

Vicente de Memije, Aspecto Simbólico del Mundo Hispánico, 1761

Vicente de Memije, Aspecto Geográphico del Mundo Hispánico, 1761

Control and Defense

15. Edge of Empire Karl Offen

[Sabastián de Aranciuia y Sasi], Mapa de lo principal de la Prouincia de Nicaragua, 1716

Franciso Antonio Fuentes y Guzmán, Audiencia de Guatemala, ca. 1690

16. Mapping New Spain Borderlands Dennis Reinhartz

Agustín López de la Cámara Alta et al., Mapa General . . . de la nueba colonia Santander (Mexico), 1758

Francisco José de Haro, . . . todas las billas y lugares de españoles haci como las Missiones de indios y presidios existentes en la Provincia Nuevo Santander (Mexico), ca. 1770

17. Forts and Ports Joseph L. Scarpaci

Antonio M. de la Torre y Cárdenas, Plano de la Plaza de la Havana (Cuba), 1817

Agustín Crame, Plano de la Plaza de Panamá, 1779

18. Estate Maps David Buisseret

[Robert Baugh], Plan of Papine Estate (Jamaica), 1834,

Plan de la première, seconde et troisième habitations de M. de Laborde (Haiti), ca. 1790


Jean-Marc Besse

Directeur de recherche au CNRS
UMR Géographie-cités, Paris

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