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The article studies a map made by Francisco Gali in 1580. Gali was a marine, discoverer and cartographer at the service of the Spanish crown. The map analyzed is one of the first examples of coastal cartography in the Americas.

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A complete cartographic study of a sixteenth-century map is carried out, which is one of the first examples of local coastal cartography in America. The author of the map studied, Francisco Gali, is a figure whose biography is very interesting.


The reader of this article may enjoy reading it. It is made a historical study of the figure of the sailor and Spanish discoverer Francisco Gali. The study also reveals that Gali was a magnificent cartographer. The map he made in 1580 of a part of the coast in the Gulf of Mexico is a splendid example of early coastal mapping in America...

Dr Manuel Morato-Moreno
Universidad de Sevilla

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This page is a summary of: The Map of Tlacotalpa by Francisco Gali, 1580: An Early Example a of Local Coastal Chart in Spanish America, The Cartographic Journal, May 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00087041.2017.1323152.
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