2019-05-10 Acansa to Arkansas

2019-05-10 Acansa to Arkansas

May 10, 2019

Acansa to Arkansas features maps which chronicle changes in Arkansas’s place names, population demographics, and geography from the period just before La Harpe’s first explorations of the area in 1722 until early statehood. Based on the expedition routes of French and Spanish explorers, 18th century European maps of North America were vague and often inaccurate, noting only significant rivers and mountain ranges. Demand for American-made maps increased as the country’s boundaries expanded and dreams of westward migration took hold; map publication blossomed in the United States in the 1790s, and by 1820, the cartography hub of Philadelphia was home to around 150 engravers. Settlement of the new frontier required accurate maps, and gradually, map makers came to rely less on the hand-written notes of early explorers and depended more on the mathematical calculations of surveyors who used specialized tools to triangulate distances. With contributions from the collections of the Arkansas State Archives and the The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies>/em>.

This exhibit continues in 2nd Floor Gallery through July 7, 2019, then reopens September 13, 2019, and runs through January 5, 2020.


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