Mapping Memory: Space and History in 16th-century Mexico

Maps drawn by Indigenous artists at the behest of the Spanish in the 16th century illustrate the amalgamation of visual traditions during the early years of contact between Indigenous groups and colonizers.

Mapping Memory: Space and History in 16th-Century Mexico — currently on view at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas — features 19 maps drawn by Indigenous artists at the behest of the Spanish between 1579 and 1581. These maps illustrate the amalgamation of visual traditions during the early years of contact between Indigenous groups and colonizers.

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