The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 103, July 1999 - April, 2000 Page: 115
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JESUS F. DE LA TEJA, Editor
The Mapping of the Entradas into the Greater Southwest. Edited by Dennis Reinhartz
and Gerald D. Saxon. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998. Pp.
xiv+227. Preface, maps, photos, illustrations, notes, cartobibliography,
index. $37.50, cloth.)
Back in February of 1992 a very important symposium was held at the
University of Texas, Arlington, sort of in recognition of the five hundredth
anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World. Its theme was
actually the next century's accomplishments in mapping the Greater Southwest,
how this region was shown on maps (both manuscript and printed), and how
errors in depicting it were either perpetuated or corrected on subsequent maps.
These papers by five well-respected authorities gave us listeners a valuable
overview of Spain's role in the early mapping of the American Southwest. They
also showed how mapmakers of other nations were indebted to what were essen-
tially Spanish discoveries in the sixteenth century. Because Spain historically has
been accused of keeping its knowledge under wraps in an attempt to discourage
unwelcome competition from rivals in its American dominions, such a forum
was especially needed to set the record straight and render credit where rightful-
These essays (after a bit of delay) are now available in an attractive volume
from the University of Oklahoma Press under the editorial eye of Dennis
Reinhartz and Gerald D. Saxon. Professor Reinhartz is also one of the five con-
tributors to the book. Saxon is well known to map enthusiasts from his steward-
ship of the UT-Arlington Special Collections Library, which-thanks to Virginia
and Jenkins Garrett-houses the best collection of old printed maps west of the
Mississippi. This volume will do much to highlight both the notable map collec-
tion at UT-Arlington and the subject of early mapping itself. Besides
Reinhartz's contribution, other chapters are authored by David Woodward,
David Buisseret, Harry Kelsey, and Robert S. Weddle-all giants in the field of
historical cartography. Katherine R. Goodwin, who assembled the symposium's
exhibition, has a chapter pertaining to it (lavishly illustrated) and has added a
cartobibliography of maps discussed in the book. Included are 121 black-and-
white and 20 color reproductions of these significant maps from collections all
over the world. Most of the map reproductions are clear (especially the color
plates), but several shots are dark, fuzzy, or skewed; one is printed backward, a
slip-up that should have been caught. This same map, I might note, is repro-
duced correctly elsewhere in the book.
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