The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan is considered to be the first map of Guatemala

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The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan is considered to be the first map of Guatemala. It is also the only firsthand indigenous account of the conquest of Guatemala and one of the few sources to record the military campaigns of Jorge de Alvarado in 1527–1530. The Lienzo was a forgotten relic that had not yet been deciphered when Dutch archaeologist Florine Asselbergs began research for her doctoral thesis. She determined that it did not refer to the conquest of central Mexico, as many people assumed, but to the conquest of Guatemala. Her findings were published in the book Conquered Conquistadors in 2004. The original Lienzo de Quauhquechollan is in the Museo de Alfeñique in Puebla, Mexico. The Lienzo was digitally restored in 2007 by Universidad Francisco Marroquín under the guidance of experts from different fields, a project co-sponsored by Banco G&T Continental. Source:

This video, which explains the dynamic web map on the Lienzo de Quauhquechollan website, won first place in the category of Best Virtual Map Presentation at the 2009 ESRI Users Conference in San Diego, California. The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan is an indigenous pictographic map dating from the time of the Spanish conquest of the Americas. It was created by the Quauhquecholteca to record their history, migrations, conquests, legends, and traditions. The dynamic web map was developed to allow users to relate the historical events documented in the Lienzo with geographic locations on a modern map. As modern-day storytellers, web maps can help to revive the stories of a people like the Quauhquecholteca, providing a space where we can approach geography like they did—as living geography.

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