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Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps

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Francisco Álvarez Barreiro (1685?-17?)
Plano Corografico é Hydrographico de las Provincias de el Nuevo Mexico…Provincia de los Tejas…de la Nuebla España
Engraving, 10.5 x 18 in.  (Mexico: Don Luis de Surville, July 4, 1770, copied from Barreiro’s 1728 map).

Francisco Álvarez Barreiro created the first maps of Texas rendered by a trained cartographer from his own observations. He was the chief engineer of Texas from the late 1710’s through the 1720’s and assisted in the construction of the famous chapel for San Antonio de Valero Mission (the Alamo). He accompanied Brigadier General Pedro de Rivera y Villalón during his inspection tour of New Spain in 1724-1728, drawing several maps that accompanied the report. Barreiro’s 1728 map of Texas resides in the library of the Hispanic Society of America in New York. This is a 1770 copy of that map, courtesy of the British Library.

Courtesy of the British Library, Cartographic Items, MS. 17,650.b.

  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps
  • Imagining Texas: An Historical Journey With Maps