Texas Heritage, Volume 19, Number 1, Winter 2001 Page: 14
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Selecting a small number of maps to represent
the rich cartographic history of Texas is like
selecting one's favorite child or grandchild-it is
impossible! What this article attempts to do is to
bring together a representative set of maps to
reveal the prevalent themes and trends in Texas
cartography. Some of the selections are rare and
unique, but others are quite ordinary.
All, however, reflect the history and culture
of the land and the people who
inhabit this part of the world.
The earliest maps depict the exploration
and discovery of Spain's territory
in the New World and especially the
struggle to define its northern provinces.
International competition for Texas is
revealed in the 18th century French
maps of the continent and the region.
The coming of the Anglo-Americans
and the unfolding of the exploration of
both the coast and the interior are seen
primarily in 19th century maps. The
westward migration across the regionand
the continent as well-is depicted
first in the emigrant materials and, later,
in the railroad maps. The economic
development of Texas is most evident in
the late 19th century maps, while the
20th century selections indicate the
importance of the automobile and world
events. Texas is-and always has beena
unique place, as graphically illustrated
in this gallery of state maps.
HERITAGE * 14 * WINTER 2001
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