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An Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, 1550–1941

Peter L. Eidenbach

Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for History, New Mexico Subject

Strange as it may seem from our modern American perspective, New Mexico was literally a foreign country until the middle of the nineteenth century and, as field archaeologist and history instructor Peter Eidenbach discovered, in the minds of some it still is. The New Mexico landscape is easy to get lost in and much of its terrain has not been fully explored in many years. Yet, the state holds a rich cartographic history not often recognized by the many people who daily interact with its topography. Approaching this gap as a teacher and enthusiast, Eidenbach set about compiling a collection of New Mexico’s historic maps, navigating through a varied terrain of research and discovery, even securing permissions for colonial-era maps held in special collections with limited public access. This collection, featuring beautifully rendered diagrams of New Mexico’s landscape, allows exploration of the past as seen by that past’s inhabitants.


Peter Eidenbach is an archaeologist, historian, and historic preservation planner who has pursued research in southern New Mexico for the past forty years and teaches at New Mexico State University, Alamogordo.


"This gorgeous coffee-table book published by the University of New Mexico Press presents pictures of all sorts of maps, along with brief histories of them and detailed close-ups. Perfect for the nerd in your family—and you know every Mexican family has at least two."


Ask a Mexican!

"In this colorful collection of maps, archaeologist and historian Peter L. Eidenbach presents the Land of Enchantment as seen by early conquerors, naturalists, surveyors, and railroaders. . . . The intricate maps -- many of them rarely seen before by the public -- are beautiful in and of themselves; explanatory text accompanies each."


High Country News

“This beautiful collection with diagrams of our landscape allows you to explore the past as experienced by the historic inhabitants. Five stars!”



10 x 14 in. 184 pages 150 color plates