From 27 to 29 September 2017 the first International Workshop Trazar la línea. Teoría y práctica de las delimitaciones fronterizas luso-franco-españolas (1750-1936) will take place in Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (Campus de Getafe, 14 building).

Among others, the GEHC members José Luis Urteaga, with the lecture El deslinde de la frontera del Protectorado español en Marruecos (1913-1935): crónica de un fracaso, and Joan Capdevila, with El deslinde frustrado de la frontera con Andorra: trabajos y consecuencias, will participate.

Besides the academic activity, during the workshop the cartographic exhibition Dibujando la línea (1864-2014): 150 años del Tratado de Límites entre España y Portugal will be presented at the hall of 14 building. It can be visited until 11th October.

Further information consulting the programme and the exhibition poster.

The next 20 June, at 10:00, our colleague Meritxell Gisbert i Traveria will defend her thesis Cartrografia i transformació del territori a Catalunya entre l'Antic règim i la Revolució liberal (ss. XVIII-XIX): el paper de la família Soler. This thesis has been developed thanks to an awarded grant to work with the GEHC in the frame of the project La cartografia urbana a Espanya (segles XVIII-XIX): el paper dels ajuntaments i el dels organismes militars.

The next morning, Wednesday 21 at 11:00, the professor Emanuela Casti, from Geography Department of Bergamo University, will make a seminar during 45 minutes with the title: Dalla carta topografica al mapping riflessivo: rappresentare la città.

Both events are free and will take place at Sala de Juntes de la Facultat de Geografia i Història of Barcelona University (location).

The next 17 June, from 17:00 to 18:00, Jean Marc Bessé, Gilles Tiberghien and Gilles Palsky will give in the French National Library the lecture Opérations cartographiques as part of the cycle Club des livres

The meeting will be cheer by Catherine Hofmann (épartement des Cartes et Plans of French National Library).  Opérations cartographiques will pretend to question the cogniscive scope, as well as the politics and the imaginary of cartographic operations that are based on the analysis of artistic, politic, economic, social and cultural practices. 

During the meeting we can see how everyone is affected by  cartography, as much as it is an area used by landscape professionals, geographers and artists; computer scientist and graphic designers; urban planners, architects and designers; hikers, cyclists, telephone operators, students, retirees, voters, consumers...The lecturers consider that the maps are around us and ourselves as they are elaborated by our practices and collective actions.  

For further information see official page of French National Library.

Now it is available the 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) schedule, that it will take place in  Belo Horizonte (Brasil) between 9 and 14 July, 2017.

The GEHC will participate through Carme Montaner, who will present the lecture Franciscan cartography of the Peruvian Amazon in the second half of the eighteenth century, and Bárbara Polo, with the poster Fortification projects in Burgos (Spain), 1834-1858.

Registration and further information in the official page of 27th ICHC.

The first circular of the 7th Ibero-American Symposium of History of Cartography is available. It will take place at  University of San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) between 25 and 28 April, 2018.

Registration will be free and the official languages will be Spanish and Portuguese. 

Abstracts of papers proposals can be sent until July 25, 2017. 

New review of famous expedition that, between 1736 and 1744, the Science Academy of París propelled to measure a degree of Meridian near to the equator, specifically in the region of the Andes, in the Audience of Quito, the under Spanish control. 

The expedition was guided by Louis Godin and La Condomina and participated, by the Spanish Crown, Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa.

Bibliographic file:

SAFIER, Neil (2016): La medición del Nuevo Mundo. La ciencia de la Ilustración y América del Sur. Madrid: Marcial Pons (colección Ambos Mundos). 449 p. ISBN 978-84-15963-75-2

Translation of SAFIER, Neil (2008): Measuring the New World

Seen in  Nosolosig.

Two long-term postdoctoral fellowship positions are being offered to undertake research in the framework of the European Research Council project "MEDEA-CHART", in the Faculty of Sciences-University of Lisbon (Portugal). The project focus on the origin, technical evolution and use of the medieval and early modern nautical charts. A short synopsis is provided here.

Applications should be sent by email to

Applications should be send by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 28 April 2017.

The complete text of the call can be consulted here.

The National Geographic Institute (IGN) has renovated his web and improved the access to old cartography. There are different types and they can be reached by different ways. 

  • The Map library: it allows access to the catalogue of old cartography that it is in the map library of  the IGN, most scanned and georeferenced. Some maps can be displayed through viewers with comparison tools and others over a virtual globus.
  • Old map web services: They can be displayed over map,  the WMS of first edition of MTN50 and the WMS of planimetries 1:25.000 of MTN proyect. There are available tools of comparison. 
  • Download center: It allows the discharge of old geographical documentation, that makes reference to backgrounds of Technical Archive (handwritten minutes of planimetries, altimetrías, plans of populations and bases of buildings, and documentation of the formal delimitation of municipalities,  scanned printed maps (which encompassed much of the institution´s production throughout its history) and flight frames and othophotos (including flights since the 1940s).

Judicial archives are an important source of ancient mapping at the local level. This is the case of the plane of the channel of Taste (1557) found by the researcher Juan José Morales within a litigation conserved in the Real Archive and General of Navarre. M. de Beber wanted to prevent to opening a part of the channel in his domains. Among the expert tests carried out, a reconnaissance of the are was carried out by a commission of experts, led by a commissioner od Royal Council of Navarre, who was asked to elaborate a plot showing their conclusions. It is the oldest graphic document that is know of the Channel of Tauste, antecedent of the current. 

Further information in the new published by Asociación Cultural el Tapiaz.

Recently it has been published, in an indepently way and almost at the same time, two reviews of Mapes i control del territori a Barcelona. Vuit estudis, the book resulted of the III Jornades d'història de la cartografia de Barcelona and where the GEHC have had a highlighted participation in the frame of the proyect that we are developing.

The reviews are from two friends, good experts in the theme, and they have done a meticulous revision, even compliments, of the content of the book.

One from the professor Pau Alegre Nadal, in February 2017, has been published in the web of Societat Catalana de Geografia (direct access).

The other, from the emeritus professor Horacio Capel Sáez, in March, 25, in Biblio3w (direct access).