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Maps Are Windows and Time Machines.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 • Posted July 8, 2009

The Mason Square Museum exhibits a collection of maps spanning three centuries showing the Americas and the land that became Texas.

Saturday, July 11th, as a special Roundup event, museum curator John L. Davis will discuss the origin of the name “Texas” and the changing shape of Texas’ boundaries over three hundred years—as shown on maps and in the dreams of kings and governors. Visit the Square Museum at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday or come by the museum’s display on the courthouse grounds.

In earlier centuries, the land to become Texas was called New Mexico, Florida, and Louisiana among many other names. And the shape people see today as a symbol is a legislative negotiation, one among quite a few strange outlines. Perhaps in future years, this land, its boundaries and name, will change again.

John L. Davis, a PhD on occasion, is a former Executive Director and Director of Research for the Institute of Texan Cultures, the university museum for UTSA.

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