Parution : Trail of Footprints. A History of Indigenous Maps from Viceregal Mexico

Trail of Footprints. A History of Indigenous Maps from Viceregal Mexico
Trail of Footprints. A History of Indigenous Maps from Viceregal Mexico


  • Hidalgo, Alex

Hidalgo is an assistant professor of history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His work on mapping in colonial Mexico has been published in Ethnohistoryand the Journal of Latin American Geography.

Résumé de l’éditeur

Trail of Footprints offers an intimate glimpse into the commission, circulation, and use of indigenous maps from colonial Mexico. A collection of sixty largely unpublished maps from the late sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries and made in the southern region of Oaxaca anchors an analysis of the way ethnically diverse societies produced knowledge in colonial settings. Mapmaking, proposes Hidalgo, formed part of an epistemological shift tied to the negotiation of land and natural resources between the region’s Spanish, Indian, and mixed-race communities. The craft of making maps drew from social memory, indigenous and European conceptions of space and ritual, and Spanish legal practices designed to adjust spatial boundaries in the New World. Indigenous mapmaking brought together a distinct coalition of social actors—Indian leaders, native towns, notaries, surveyors, judges, artisans, merchants, muleteers, collectors, and painters—who participated in the critical observation of the region’s geographic features. Demand for maps reconfigured technologies associated with the making of colorants, adhesives, and paper that drew from Indian botany and experimentation, trans-Atlantic commerce, and Iberian notarial culture. The maps in this study reflect a regional perspective associated with Oaxaca’s decentralized organization, its strategic position amidst a network of important trade routes that linked central Mexico to Central America, and the ruggedness and diversity of its physical landscape.


  • Illustrations
  • Notes on Translation
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Patrons
  • Chapter 2. Painters
  • Chapter 3. Materials
  • Chapter 4. Authentication
  • Epilogue. Afterlife
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Austin : University of Texas press
  • Date de parution : juillet 2019
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (184 p.) : ill. en noir et en coul., couv. ill. en coul. ; 26 cm
  • Collection : (Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas Series).
  • ISBN 978-1-4773-1752-5 : 29,95$


  • Absent à la BnF (en 2020)
  • Absent en France

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de la valorisation et des données de la recherche > Coordination de la recherche > Délégation à la Stratégie et à la recherche > Bibliothèque nationale de France

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