Maps of the Pimeria: Early Cartography of the Southwest, by Jack Mount

19th Century

1827. Philippe Marie Guillaume Vandermaelen. Amer. Sep.: Partie de la Vieille California
1827. Philippe Marie Guillaume Vandermaelen. Amer. Sep.: Partie de la Vieille California. Colored map 47 x 56 cm. Scale ca. 1:1,100,000. From his Atlas Universel de Geographie..., Lith. par H. Ode. Bruxelles, 1827. Map number 53. [G3301 S1 1827 V2] 897X800 | 673X600

This is the first atlas on a uniform scale and the earliest map published at such a large scale for this region. Unfortunately, Vandermaelen had no new information to fill in all the extra space he created; his tremendous map is more of a curiosity than a contribution. Tucson is still spelled "Tubson". Note the wagon road heading south from Tucson through Tubac and Tumacacori.

Vandermaelen (1795-1869) was a Belgian cartographer and publisher noted for at least six published atlases.

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