The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 98, July 1994 - April, 1995 Page: 418
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Cover: Hispania Nova by Corneille Wytfliet, 9 x 11i inches. Map no. 12
in Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum siue Occidentis noticia brevis commen-
tario (Louvain: Iohannis Bogardi, 1597). Courtesy Rare Book and Texana
Collection, University of North Texas Libraries, Denton.
Alonso Alvarez de Pineda did not set up a colony in 1519 on the Rio
Grande or on the Rio Soto la Marina (previously known as the Rio de las
Palmas), as Carlos E. Castafieda and a number of other historians have
argued. Pineda and his crew were the first Europeans known to have
seen the Texas coast, writes Donald E. Chipman in an article beginning
on page 369 of this issue, but he likely established his colony further to
the south, on the Rio Painuco, to the west of the modern Mexican city of
Tampico. On Wytfliet's map, the Rio Panuco is shown just below the
Tropic of Cancer, while the Rio de las Palmas is just above it.
Corneille Wytfliet was born in Louvain, Belgium, in the mid-1500s and
rose to the position of secretary to the Council of Brabant. As a public
servant, Wytfliet developed a consuming interest in geography. He set
out to supplement Ptolemy's Cosmographia by describing parts of the
world revealed by modern exploration. His sole publication, cited above,
contains nineteen maps. Wytfliet's plans to include discoveries in the Far
East apparently were interrupted by his death.
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