(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

The American Geographical Society’s Map of Hispanic America : million-scale mapping between the wars

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) University of Nottingham, Nottingham, ROYAUME-UNI


The 1:1 million Map of Hispanic America, compiled at the American Geographical Society’s New York headquarters between the First and Second World Wars, has been seen as a landmark in twentieth-century cartography. In this essay the AA. re-evaluate the Hispanic Map as a technical and scholarly project and re-assess its wider significance for the history of twentieth-century topographic mapping in the light of the cultural and political factors that shaped its development. When finally completed in 1945, the Hispanic Map was rightly judged an unsurpassed scientific achievement and a major work of art. But it was already out of date, superseded by newer cartographic technologies, particularly aerial survey and reconnaissance, that had removed the need for the kind of meticulous and painstaking compilation that the Hispanic Map exemplified.


Article of periodic

published at : Imago mundi / ISSN 1479-7801

Editor : Routledge, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1935)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 61, no2 [pp. 1-33]

Bibliographic references : 59 ref.

Collation : 17 fig.




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