Our fall exhibit is up in Special Collections! The theme this time is Caribbean maps. The exhibit was mounted in conjunction with the Eighth Virginia Garrett Lectures which took place October 5th. The lectures brought scholars from all over to discuss their research in the area of the Caribbean and how they used maps to further that research. While the lectures are over, the exhibit will be up until February 9, 2013. Along with featuring overview maps of the Caribbean this exhibit also highlights maps of individual islands from many different time periods. Maps from the 1600s through the 20th Century are on display.
“Few people would argue that Caribbean islands have not played pivotal roles in American history. From Columbus’ discoveries to the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison debate, events on islands of the West Indies have impacted our history. While most of these islands are not that distant, our personal knowledge of them is often scant. With the help of old maps, there are interesting facts to learn and more importantly, connections for us to make. Old printed maps of the Caribbean islands depict not only the geography of the islands but also reflect many of the themes of Caribbean (and American) history as well as cartographic history.
Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands shows how maps of the Caribbean incorporate many of the themes of cartographic history found in maps of other geographical areas, from technical developments to increasing diversification in types of maps, and from leading “national schools” in certain time periods to such themes as the growth of a tourist map industry.
Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands is located in Special Collections, 6th floor, UT Arlington Central Library and runs through February 9, 2013. Hours are 9 a.m – 7 p.m Monday and 9 a.m – 5 p.m Tuesday through Saturday. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 817-272-3393.”