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William and Mary Quarterly

3d. ser., 68, no. 1
January 2011

Interactive Digital Projects: Spanish map from 1744

Geographies of Power:
Mapping Indian Borders in the “Borderlands” of the Early Southwest

Juliana Barr

By covering the landscape with human figures in his map, Miguel Custodio Durán emphasized Indians’ dominion of the Texas, Nuevo Santander, and Nuevo León regions. Durán, Descripción y mapa de la nueva provincia poblada de bárbaros . . . situada en la costa del Seno Mexicano, desde el puerto de Tampico . . . hasta la provincia de Texas, 1744, 77.5 x 68.0 centimeters, in Octavio Herrera, El noreste cartográfico: Configuración histórica de una región (Monterrey, Mexico, 2008), 77. The original map is housed in Mapoteca Orozco y Berra, Varilla de Visitas, no. 127.