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

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Overview

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
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Barbara E. Mundy is an assistant professor of art history at Fordham University and a contributor to Volume 2, Book 3 of The History of Cartography.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Ch. 1 Spain and the Imperial Ideology of Mapping 1
Ch. 2 Mapping and Describing the New World 11
Ch. 3 Colonial Spanish Officials and the Response to the Relacion Geografica Questionnaire 29
Ch. 4 The Native Painters in the Colonial World 61
Ch. 5 The Native Mapping Tradition in the Colonial Period 91
Ch. 6 Language and Naming in the Relaciones Geograficas Maps 135
Ch. 7 The Relaciones Geograficas and Other Viceregal Maps in New Spain 181
Ch. 8 Conclusion 213
App. A Catalogue of Maps Studied 217
App. B The Questionnaire of the Relaciones Geograficas 227
App. C The Nahuatl Inscriptions of the Macuilsuchil Map 231
App. D A Typical Viceregal Acordado 233
Notes 235
Bibliography 247
Index 269
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