The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geograficas / Edition 2

The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geograficas / Edition 2

by Barbara E. Mundy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226550966

ISBN-13: 9780226550961

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Although Cortes conquered the Aztec empire in 1521, imperial Spain knew little about the Mexican territory under its control when Philip II acceded to the throne in 1556. As part of a vast project to learn about its territories in the New World, Spain commissioned a survey - the Relaciones Geograficas - of Spanish officials in Mexico between 1578 and 1584, asking for…  See more details below

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Although Cortes conquered the Aztec empire in 1521, imperial Spain knew little about the Mexican territory under its control when Philip II acceded to the throne in 1556. As part of a vast project to learn about its territories in the New World, Spain commissioned a survey - the Relaciones Geograficas - of Spanish officials in Mexico between 1578 and 1584, asking for local maps as well as descriptions of local resources, history, and geography. Offering the most complete contemporary record of what sixteenth-century Mexico looked like, the sixty-nine manuscript maps from this survey also highlight the gulf between colonial and indigenous conceptions of Mexico. In The Mapping of New Spain, Barbara Mundy illuminates the complex cultural negotiations that colonists and indigenes undertook in mapping the colony. Her book explains both the Amerindian (Aztec, Mixtec, and Zapotec) and the Spanish traditions represented in these early colonial maps, and traces the gradual reshaping of indigene world views in the wake of colonization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226550961
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Ch. 1Spain and the Imperial Ideology of Mapping1
Ch. 2Mapping and Describing the New World11
Ch. 3Colonial Spanish Officials and the Response to the Relacion Geografica Questionnaire29
Ch. 4The Native Painters in the Colonial World61
Ch. 5The Native Mapping Tradition in the Colonial Period91
Ch. 6Language and Naming in the Relaciones Geograficas Maps135
Ch. 7The Relaciones Geograficas and Other Viceregal Maps in New Spain181
Ch. 8Conclusion213
App. ACatalogue of Maps Studied217
App. BThe Questionnaire of the Relaciones Geograficas227
App. CThe Nahuatl Inscriptions of the Macuilsuchil Map231
App. DA Typical Viceregal Acordado233
Notes235
Bibliography247
Index269

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