What is it about?

In a set of manuscript maps produced in Latin America in the last quarter of the sixteenth century we have observed a trend opposite to that followed by the first printed maps. The first engraved maps imitated the aesthetics of the manuscript maps, however in the studied maps it seems that their authors tried to imitate the aesthetics of the first maps engraved in Europe.

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Why is it important?

In the maps studied, we discovered that they not only imitated printed maps but that their authors, consciously or unconsciously, mixed diverse influences, such as some traditions of indigenous Latin American cartography or of European portolan charts.


Readers of this article will be able to discover how in the cartography produced in Latin America during the last third of the sixteenth century, diverse influences were mixed, both from the indigenous cartographic traditions and those of the Old Continent.

Dr Manuel Morato-Moreno
Universidad de Sevilla

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This page is a summary of: Manuscript Maps That Imitate Printed Maps: Some Examples in Early Spanish American Cartography, Cartographica The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization, June 2018, University of Toronto Press (UTPress),
DOI: 10.3138/cart.53.2.2017-0016.
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