Chicago Map Society: Sam Truett, Beyond the Nation′s Edge: Mapping the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sam Truett will examine parallel efforts by nations and corporations to transform and control the U.S.-Mexico borderlands at the turn of the century through maps.  Focusing on the western borderlands of Arizona, Sonora, New Mexico, and Chihuahua, he will discuss how U.S. interests learned to see beyond the nation’s edge, and why their cartographic vision often failed them.

Sam Truett is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico