By Dennis Reinhartz,Gerald D. Saxon
From the 16th throughout the mid-nineteenth centuries, Spain, then Mexico, and at last the USA took possession of the land from the Gulf Coast of Texas and Mexico to the Pacific Coast of Alta and Baja California—today's American Southwest. each one kingdom confronted the problem of preserving directly to territory that used to be poorly recognized and in moderation settled, and every replied via sending out army mapping expeditions to set obstacles and chart topographical positive aspects. All 3 nations famous that turning terra incognita into sincerely delineated political devices used to be a key step in empire construction, as very important to their nationwide curiosity because the actions of the missionaries, civilian officers, settlers, and adventurers who within the footsteps of the soldier-engineers.
With essays by means of 8 best historians, this ebook deals the most up-tp-date and complete review of the tactics during which Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. soldier-engineers mapped the southwestern frontier, in addition to the neighborhood or even geopolitical effects in their mapping. 3 essays concentrate on Spanish efforts to map the Gulf and Pacific Coasts, to chart the inland Southwest, and to outline and guard its obstacles opposed to English, French, Russian, and American incursions. next essays examine the position that mapping performed either in Mexico's makes an attempt to keep up keep watch over of its northern territory and within the usa' push to extend its political boundary to the Pacific Ocean. The concluding essay attracts connections among mapping within the Southwest and the geopolitical heritage of the Americas and Europe.
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Mapping and Empire: Soldier-Engineers on the Southwestern Frontier by Dennis Reinhartz,Gerald D. Saxon