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Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova

Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova

Artist: Girolamo Ruscelli (Italian)

Department: History
Date: 1598
Medium: Ink on paper, copper engraving
7 × 9 1/2 in. (17.8 × 24.1 cm)
Classification: Communication Objects
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase in honor of Dr. James C. Moore
Object number: PC2005.37.1
DescriptionMap, 1598 edition of Girolamo Ruscelli's Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova, published in Venice between 1561- 1598. Uncolored, full original margins; top slightly trimmed. Printed on handmade rag laid paper.
Not on view
Label Text:Spanish explorers may have carried a similar map on their journeys to Nueva España.

Where's Albuquerque?

Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova was printed more than a century before La Villa de Alburquerque was founded, so our city's not there!

Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova is one of the earliest maps reflecting all that was known by other countries about Spain's northern frontier in the 16th century. It mentions places described by explorers Fray Marcos de Niza and Francisco Vasquez de Coronado including Civola (the ancestral lands of Zuni Pueblo), west of what is now Albuquerque.