Kino's Map of California

from LETTRES EDIFIANTES ET CURIEUSES, Ecrites des Missions Etrangères, par Quelques Missionnaires de la Compagnie de Jésus, Paris, 1705. containing the first translation of Francisco María Pícolo’s Informe del Estado de la Nueva Christianidad de California, “Considered the first printed account of California... certainly first to obtain any circulation” (Wagner). Accompanying Father Pícolo’s report is the oft-reprinted map: Passage par Terre à la Californie Decouvert par le Rev. Pere-Eusebe-Francois Kino Jesuite depuis 1698 usqu’a 1701 ou l’on Voit Encore les Nouvelles Missions de PP. de la Compage. de Jesus. Engraved by Inselin and measuring 20.9 x 23.5 cm. with a graphic scale of about 60 miles to the inch, “the map is remarkably accurate, and remained the best map of much of the area until the twentieth century” (Streeter).

 

 

 

The Coachella Valley, from Desert Magazine, 1950s