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Extremely rare map illustrating the travels of Alphonse Louis Pinart in Southern California and Arizona in 1875-1876, as reported to the Societe de Geographie in Paris.

The map tracks Pinart's arrival in California and travels, including the route Los Angeles eastward to Camp Mojave through the high desert above San Bernardino, then south to Tucscon, before returning to the Pacific via Gila, Fort Yuma and San Diego.

The map appeared in Pinart's report on his Journey to Arizona in 1876, reported in the Bulletin de la Societe de Geographie, March, 1877. Pinart's account of his journey from Los Angeles through Arizona & ending at San Diego (1875-76).

The map identifies:

  • Pinart's Route
  • State Boundaries
  • Railroads
  • Ruins
  • Rock Inscriptions (cave paintings, etc.)

Alphonse Louis Pinart (1852-1911) was a French explorer and ethnographer. He was one of the first persons to argue that America had first been populated by migration across the Bering Strait. He traveled extensively in the Pacific, from Alaska to Easter Island. Pinart also visited New Mexico and Arizona in the early 1870's and apparently stole historical documents from the Spanish archives in Santa Fe. He recorded vocabularies of the Mission Indians in California and also documented early rock art in Aruba. The Bancroft Library holds an extensive collection of his correspondence and papers (1870-1885).