Category: Stories

Discovered But Not Revealed

The Portuguese-born Ferdinand Magellan richly deserves credit for a number of exploration “firsts”: leading the expedition that first circumnavigated the globe, discovering the strait in South America that bears his name, and pioneering a traverse of the Pacific Ocean. These accomplishments were celebrated in early chronicles, such as Antonio Galvano’s 1555 …

The Triumph of Geometry over Geography

Inscribed upon that grand design, the surface of the earth, are the marks of human occupancy. Patterns resulting from humankind’s activities, although individually not of the great scale of natural features, in aggregate give to certain areas their most distinctive character. And of all these human designs, one of the …

Soldier, Scientist, Map Maker

Long before the appearance of Europeans in the area now known as the American Southwest, various indigenous groups knew specific areas extremely well. Nomadic tribes, in particular, were familiar with limited areas of the region’s rugged landscape, but so were more sedentary peoples, such as those at Acoma, New Mexico, …