As GPS is used more and more to help us get where we’re going, a new exhibit at Sul Ross State University’s Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine is making a case for why maps still matter.
Its new exhibit of 64 maps of Mexico – “Five Centuries of Mexican Maps” – is one of the largest exhibits ever of its kind, says Matt Walter, curator of collections at the museum. The maps show how the cartography of Mexico evolved over five centuries, with the oldest map in the collection from 1493.
“It’s going to allow [visitors] to see the progressions of the mapping of Mexico, through the periods of discovery, exploration, settlement, wars, changing boundaries, all the way up to modern day,” Walter says.
The collection features maps that served a variety of purposes.