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This map provides a distance chart between principal cities of New Spain. The map is a symbolic statement rather than a factual presentation of the geography of North America
Dedicated to the Honorable D. Agustín de Ahumada y Villalón, Marquis de las Amarillas, governor viceroy and Captain general of New Spain (1755-58), this presentation piece consists of a map of New Spain and North America, a distance chart between principal cities of New Spain, and an idealized view of the area between Mexico City and Veracruz with the historical symbol of Mexico (eagle and serpent in a cactus) firmly centered in its midst. Main purpose of this piece was to acquaint the new Viceroy with the extent of his empire and its relationship with the rest of North America. In addition to providing distances between key cities in New Spain, the distance chart also gives latitude, longitude, and zodiac sign for each site. Map is a symbolic statement rather than a factual presentation of the geography of North America
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"1750 c. - Mapa y tabla geografica de leguas comunes que hay de unos á otros lugares y ciudades principales de la America" (2017). Pre-1824 Maps. 14.