Libros de Hijuelas Map

The map below shows the 228 communities in the Mexican state of Michoacán that participated in the liberal privatization of corporate indigenous land holdings during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, officially known as the reparto de tierras. The map also displays the state's district boundaries during the latter half of the reparto, constructed from a georeferenced 1899 map by Manuel Orozco y Berra.1 Each of the districts, as well as the  individual communities, can be interacted with to display attribute data such as the population circa 1880 and language spoken in 1864.2 Beyond merely illustrating the reparto spatially, or further contextualizing it through data, this interactive digital object is designed as a research aid that links the Libros de Hijuelas collection to the various places mentioned within. This is accomplished via volume and metadata reference numbers displayed at the location of the relevant community.

The map and its data were created by John D. Erard, an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin.

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The full Libros de Hijuelas digital collection can found here, on the Endangered Archives Programme Website.

1 The state of Michoacán was divided into 15 districts between 1874 and 1910, although the municipalities and tenencias within changed throughout the 36 year period. More info. 

2 The data used to generate the language information in the community-level pop-ups was drawn from the following:
Orozco y Berra, Manuel. Geografía de las lenguas y carta etnográfica de México: precedidas de un ensayo de clasificación de las mismas lenguas y de apuntes para las inmigraciones de las tribus. México: Imprenta de J. M. Andrade y F. Escalante, 1864, pages 271-273.

Links to the data shown in the map:

Communities in Michoacán, Mexico that were presented Hijuelas during the Privatization of Indigenous Land, 1719‐1929 (Dataset)

Political District Boundaries of Michoacán, Mexico, 1899 (Shapefile)