Category Archives: Discoveries
While meandering across the country in search of treasure I stumbled into a lonely little museum in Deming, New Mexico. Let me stop and say, I absolutely love museums…and appreciate them more than I can express. They not only provide an immense amount of local knowledge but they are a huge source of inspiration. It’s essentially like jumping into a huge, well organized, treasure chest. I’m sure many of you can relate. As I was crawling the isles, wiping the drool off of my face, something special caught my attention. One of my obsessions is old maps…so I all but ran across the room. Pure excitement!
My squinty little eyes beheld one of the most creative Native American tribal maps I’d ever seen. Based on Francisco Coronado’s Expedition of 1539 through Mexico, and the South Western Unites States. It not only details his route but generally illustrates the location and lifestyles of various Native American (Indian) tribes throughout Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and a bit of the surrounding states.
Admittedly I know very little about Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, but this map has inspired me to learn a bit about his journeys throughout North America. At some point here I may create a post with interesting details about this journey, but for now, enjoy this incredible map!