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1719 map by English cartographer John Senex

UTSA conference to highlight colonial cartography

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 2, 2009)--The UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography and the Texas Map Society will host a conference, "Mapping the New World: Spanish Colonial Cartography," from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 4 in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The conference will feature presentations by nationally renowned scholars in the fields of North American and Spanish colonial cartography.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Richard Kagan, professor of early modern history, Johns Hopkins University
  • John Hebert, chief of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress
  • David Buisseret, former holder of the Garret Chair at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Ricardo Padron, associate professor of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia
  • John Miller Morris, associate professor of geography, UTSA
  • John Wheat, Center for American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

The conference was made possible by grants from The Summerlee Foundation and Humanities Texas. Community partners include the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

>> Registration to attend the presentations and luncheon is $50, $25 for the presentations only. Limited space is available for UTSA students to attend the presentations for free. To register, contact Gary Houston, UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography, at (210) 458-5610.

For more information, contact Kit Goodwin at (817) 861-1425.

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2009 Texas Map Society Spring Meeting, April 4
"Mapping the New World: Spanish Colonial Cartography"

8:15 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.
Welcome: Dianne Powell, Texas Map Society president
Introductions: John Miller Morris, conference program chair

9 a.m.
"The Motives Behind the Compilation of the La Fora Map, 1769"
John Hébert, Chief of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress

9:50 a.m.
"José de Urrutia's Presidio Plans and the La Fora Map, 1766-1768"
David Buisseret, Formerly Garrett Chair Holder, University of Texas at Arlington

11 a.m.
"Urban Images in Hispanic Maps and Views"
Richard Kagan, professor of early modern European history, Johns Hopkins University

Noon
Lunch at Pico de Gallo restaurant

1:30 p.m.
"From Mexico to Manila: Mapping the Pacific in Early Modern Spain"
Ricardo Padrón, associate professor of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia

2:20 p.m.
"Colonial Cartography on the Far Frontier"
John Miller Morris, associate professor of geography, UTSA

3:25 p.m.
"From Old Maps to Modern Books: Jack Jackson's Colonial Cartography"
John Wheat, Center for American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

4:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks

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