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The Earliest Printed Map of Michoacan

Rare map of Bishoprick of Michoacan, comprising 8 provinces to the southwest of Mexico City, published in Madrid, in 1649.

The map is dedicated to Marcos Ramírez de Prado y Ovando (1592 - 1667), a Roman Catholic prelate who served as Archbishop of Mexico (1666-1667), Bishop of Michoacán (1639-1666), and Bishop of Chiapas (1632-1639). On May 30, 1639, he was selected by the King of Spain and confirmed by Pope Urban VIII, as Bishop of Michoacán.

The map commemorates the appointment of Marcos Ramírez de Prado as Inspector General of the Courts and Ministers of the Holy Crusade for all of New Spain in 1648.