Texas Heritage, Volume 19, Number 1, Winter 2001 Page: 17
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A Cartographic History of Texas
investigation of Mexico, which he published in
his Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain
(London, 1811). He had access to all the confidential
reports and information of the Spanish
government. However, in Political Essay, he
noted that he used several U.S. sources, indicating
less than complete confidence in
Mexican and Spanish information. On the
map, he showed Texas as part of the
Intendencia of San Luis de Potosf, the eastern
boundary of which continued beyond the Rio
Calcasieu in Louisiana. In addition, there are a
number of misplacements and other errors that
indicate the lack of reliable information on the
northeastern frontier of New Spain. Humboldt
left a copy of his draft of the map with President
Thomas Jefferson, who he visited for three
weeks before returning to Europe to complete
lar with the public, as Texas held great interest
to the people in the United States at the time.
The map was aimed at those interested in
immigrating to Texas. The three comer panels
contain information on the history, the rivers,
and the land grants of Texas. The geography
was based on Austin's map and depicted the
Fig. 4 U. S., Army Corps of Engineers. Map
of Texas and Part of New Mexico, 1880.
Fig. 5 Delisle, Guillaume. Carte de la
Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi..., 1718
1836 (Fig. 15, p. 30) Young, J. L. A New Map of
Texas. Philadelphia: S. A. Mitchell, 1835, 1836.
A prominent American map publisher, S. A.
Mitchell, produced this pocket map on the eve
of the Texas Revolution. Such maps were popu
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