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Letras históricas

versión On-line ISSN 2448-8372versión impresa ISSN 2007-1140


RIVAS CELIS, María del Carmen  y  MARTINEZ BARRAGAN, Hirineo. The work of José María Narváez y Gervete. First geographer and cartographer of the free state of Jalisco (1767-1840). Let. hist. [online]. 2015, n.12, pp.223-258. ISSN 2448-8372.

This essay shows the most far-reaching contribution of the work of the Spanish navigator, José Ma. Narvaez y Gervete, in his task of documenting and communicating the geography of Jalisco during its first two decades of independent life. His work generated the first geographic image of the entity, and this lasted until the 1880s. He produced the first map of Jalisco which stands out because of the detail and precision with which it was produced. Other relevant aspects of his work are the studies and projects realized during the first years of the 19th century with the objective of substituting for another, the port of San Blas (Santiago, Navidad, Chamela, and Bahia de Banderas, among others). As a mature navigator, many of his explorations and studies were transformed into plans, charts and maps which can still be consulted and which are testimony to his capacity and skill as a geographer and map-maker. Another area perhaps less far-reaching was his political work during the transitional Spanish-Mexican government.

Palabras llave : territory; map-making; navigation; map-maker; map; plan; geographer.

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