Maps & Highlights from the Luis García Pimentel Collection
The Expression & Legacy of Landownership in Mexico

Exhibit curated and designed by Katiana Bagué, under the supervision of Margarita Vargas-Betancourt.

Conclusion Detail of the map from Autos establecidos entre los dueños de las Haciendas Santa Ana Tenango y Santa Clara de Montefalco. 1823. George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida (Click on image to see the enlarged digital reproduction)

Maps are not meant to be literal representations of land and geography. Rather, they are illustrations with their creators showcasing their own ideas and perspectives of the natural world around them. As seen with the maps from the Luis García Pimentel Collection, there are varying ways to think, visualize and depict land. Some artists and writers from this exhibit visualized land as merely simple geometric spaces to detailed three dimensional drawings. Others took the time to depict not just solely space and property, but also nature and significant land features. Those maps therefore can be easily compared to the Codex Reese. Others were more concerned about ways of dividing land and bodies of water, and thus the line played an important role in these maps in showing those divisions. These maps also worked to emphasize land ownership by accompanying legal text that certified or established such matters. This legacy and expression of land ownership was evident then and continues very much today.