The Southwest remained a land of mystery long after the rest of the continental United States had been surveyed and recorded on maps. Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest details the fascinating story of the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the area. This exhibition conveys the romance of maps, the legacy of mapmaking, and the profound influence of early mapmakers on our world today.
Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest features fourteen panels spanning the mapmaking enterprise from 1512 to 1873. It begins with the earliest known map to show the Texas edge of the Gulf and ends with an 1873 map of Texas showing the right-of-way granted to railroads. Panel topics include:
Crossroads of Empire is an exhibition organized by the Amon Carter Museum and The University of Texas at Arlington Library, and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
|Content||7 double-sided panels (26” x 38”)|
8 support legs (68” tall)
|Space Requirements||112 square feet of floor space (14’ x 8’)|
|Shipping Weight and Dimensions||Travels in 2 plastic cases:|
|Rental Period||4 weeks|
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A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:
Crossroads of Empire press release.
A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 business days for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.
Crossroads of Empire Publicity Image
Credit: Le Nouveau Mexique et La Floride, by the first Royal Geographer of France, 1656. Ragsdale Collection.
Optional Caption: Published in 1656 by the first Royal Geographer of France, this map places a ring of mountains around French claims and depicts California as an island. It is one of many fascinating maps featured in "Crossroads of Empire: Printed Maps of the American Southwest", an exhibition from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It can be seen at Location/dates/time .
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