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Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova

Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova

Department: History
Date: 1561
Medium: Engraving - Paper, ink
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (19.1 x 26 cm)
Classification: Communication Artifacts
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase 1989 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1992.2.1
DescriptionMap, Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova, 1561, probably drawn after Gastaldi's map of 1548, which appears to be the earliest map reflecting the results of Coronado's discoveries. Depicts Spain's northern frontier including the 7 cities of Cibola, mentions places described by explorer Fray Marcos de Niza.

This is the first widely circulated map of New Spain, depicting the New World south from what is today's Georiga, Louisiana, Arizona, and New Mexico, the Baja, and California. It lacks some of the place names and graphics of Ruscelli's later maps (such as the one drawn in 1598) which inlcude Siera Navad, Calmifor, Mare Pacificum, and Golfo Mexicano.
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