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An Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, 15501941

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 atlas@nmhum.org to schedule a talk.

Terra Incognita: 1530-1691

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.

1562: Diego Gutierrez: Americae sive quartae orbis partis nova et exactissima descriptio

1570: Abraham Ortelius: Americae sive novi orbis. Nova Descriptio.

1602: Enrique Martinez: Map of New Mexico Colony

1650: Nicholas Sanson: Amerique Septentrionale, La Nouveau Mexique et La Florida

1688: Vincenzo Maria Coronelli: America Settentrionale

La Tierra Adentro: 1692-1799

The maps of Tierra Adentro are mostly created by New Mexicans during the period after the Reconquest, under Spanish rule.

1745: Menchero: Mapa del Reino de Nuevo Mexico

1758: Map which Don Francisco Antonio Marin del Valle, Governor and Captain General of this kingdom of New Mexico, ordered drawn

1771: Joseph Ramon de Urrutia: Primera parte del Mapa, que comprende la Frontera, de los Dominios del Rey, en la America Septentrional

1779: Plano de la Provincia Interna de el Nuebo Mexico

Shifting Allegiances: 1800-1854

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.

1810: Lt. Zebulon Pike: A Map of the Internal Provinces of New Spain

1818: Dr. John Robinson: A Map of Mexico, Louisiana, and the Missouri Territory

1823: Jose Maria Narvaez: Carta esferica de los territorios de la alta y baja Californias y estado de Sonora

1844: Josiah Gregg: Map of the Indian Territory, Northern Texas and New Mexico, Showing the Great Western Prairies

1846: John Disturnell: Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Mejico.

1851: The vicinity of the Rio Grande and Southern Boundary of New Mexico as referred to by US Surveyor

Age of Technology: 1855-1925

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.

1857: William H. Emory: Map of The United States and Their Territories Between The Mississippi & the Pacific Ocean And Part Of Mexico

1867: U.S. Topo Bureau: Old Territory and Military Department of New Mexico

1892: Poole Brothers: The Correct Map of Railway and Steamship Lines Operated by the Southern Pacific Company

1897: Rand, McNally & Co.'s business atlas map of New Mexico.

1925: Rand McNally & Co.: Auto Trails Map Arizona New Mexico

Special Initiatives

1933: New Deal Sites in New Mexico

2018: Trade on El Camino Real

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.

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