Manuel Knight Knight

Profile Updated: February 1, 2015
Manuel Knight
Residing In: Washington, DC USA
Occupation: Consulting Tourism & Transport Economist
Yes! Attending Reunion
Cartographic Interests?

Exploration and discovery of the New World; patterns of global exploration, colonization and trade by European powers, the rise & fall of empires and their spheres of influence. Mapping of the Americas, especially of Latin America & Caribbean. Am attempting to locate the chart displaying the original Knight family land grant from the Spanish crown made in 1789.

What type of enthusiast are you?

My interest in maps relates mainly to the history that they depict, leading to the emergence of the socio-political world as we know it today. A second interest is the artistic value of maps made up until the early 20th century, reflecting sponsorships, belief systems, mythologies, various biases prevalent at those times. A third interest is the role of the Catholic Church in world exploration including map-making.

Map Society Memberships?

none. member, Washington Airline Society

Favorite map? Favorite map I own?

A Mexican highway map from 1966 obtained when I made my first road trip to that country. The graphics on it are heavily stylized, representing Mexico's way to reflect their Aztec heritage in a highly public document of practical use. In a glance it is obvious that it is a foreign map not published in the US or Europe.

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Jul 09, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Good to see you at Lisbon's Portolan meeting in June.

Nov 09, 2017 at 9:47 PM

Just attended the International Conference on the History of Cartography ICHC July in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Lots of content on South America, on conquest, settlements deep into the continent, Spain-Portugal competition, mission settlements, on Brazil and many other parts. Turnout was perhaps 200 persons mostly Latin Americans. Plus 3 fine exhibits of maps/documents on South America, Brazil and its Minas Gerais state, plus a third with a focus on the development of the modern city of Belo Horizonte. The weather was perfect and just about everything was walkable between the hotels and the meeting venu. The Minas Tennis Club was a great place for the meeting, as it felt like a lavish seaside resort with the swimming, tennis and lush gardens to contemplate. I returned home fairly satisfied.

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Posted: Dec 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM
This is a map of the largest Antilles in Latin, circa 1600. Can anyone tell me the attribution? I've traveled many times to this region.