Typical Spanish New World City Layout
New World Cholula, Mexico, 1581

Typical New World Spanish City Layout

Villa de Galvez, Louisiana, 1778, Library of Congress

This Spanish plan, which conformed to the Spanish model for new towns throughout the Americas, was for a projected town located on the Amite River, Louisiana. The town of Galvez, which served as a frontier community on the British-Spanish border in Louisiana at the time of the U.S. Revolutionary War, survived into the twentieth century. The initial inhabitants of the settlement included people from the Canary Islands and Acadia (French Canada) who arrived in Spanish Louisiana during the governorship of Bernardo de Gálvez, in whose honor the community was named. A note below the map of the town reads: "Carolo Regnante, Urbem aedificat amor, Galvez ad honorem, nomen dedit que suum." Map is oriented with southeast at top.

CREATED/PUBLISHED
[1778]NOTES
Scale ca. 1:1,000. 
Title from verso. 
Manuscript, pen-and-ink and watercolor. 
Oriented with north toward the bottom. 
"Carolo ignante, urbem adisicat amor, Galvez ad honorem, nomen dedit que suum.
Anno dñi. ML.C.C.D.XX.VIII." 
Includes table of statistics. REFERENCE
LC Luso-Hispanic World, 957 SUBJECTS
Galvez (La.)--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800.
United States--Louisiana--Galvez.MEDIUM
col. map on sheet 38 x 25 cm.CALL NUMBER
G4014.G225 1778 .P5 VaultCONTROL NUMBER
73691644 REPOSITORY
Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA DIGITAL ID
g4014g ct000274 urn:hdl:loc.gmd/4014g.ct000274 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g4014g.ct000274  
Peru City Drawing from Münster’s Cosmographia - 1544

A New World City drawing from Sebastian Münster’s masterwork, Cosmographia, 1544.

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