Welcome to the New Mexico Humanities Council's online Atlas of Historic New Mexico maps.
This website contains twenty historic maps of New Mexico, annotated with descriptions by the mapmakers and by other people living, working, and exploring in New Mexico at that time.
Click on the section titles or pictures on the left to learn more about the eras in which the maps were developed. Click on the map title or thumbnail to view the historic map in Google maps. Every map has more information than is immediately apparent. Zoom in fully to learn about each map in detail. Register (link in upper left) to share or save map views and to share map markers.
For more help, click on the question mark button to the right of every map in the Atlas.
Interested in learning more about the Atlas? Digital Humanities program officer Ellen Dornan is available to deliver a tailored program to your school, conference, or group at no charge. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a talk.
The conquest of Mexico and Peru raised expectations in Europe that the entire New World held untold wealth, grand civilizations, and other diverse wonders in every unexplored corner.
The maps of Tierra Adentro are mostly created by New Mexicans during the period after the Reconquest, under Spanish rule.
The beginning of the 19th century saw the southern region of North America undergo tumultuous changes, from revolutions to coups to international war, although New Mexico remained fairly sheltered from the bloodshed.
Although American ingenuity connected New Mexico to the rest of the world in a way it had not been before, Americans often mistook their ability for cultural superiority.
Use of Historical Material and Copyright
The historical quotations, images, and oral histories included in the online Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps are included to help visitors understand the human context of the era in which each map was created. Some quotations may include language or attitudes that our modern sensibilities find offensive. The New Mexico Humanities Council does not condone these views, but is including them as part of a broad effort to represent the authentic views and words of the people of that time.
Much of the information and images used on this website are part of the public domain, either as part of the intellectual commons, or because of its antiquity. Some materials remain under copyright, and may not be appropriated without permission. The NMHC has made every possible effort to ascertain the status of each work and obtain permission where copyright is held. If you have any questions about our use of materials, please do not hesitate to contact us.