Old Map of Mexico City, 1858 - CDMX, Historic Center, Centro, Metropolitan Cathedral, Alameda Park
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As you can see, Mexico City was just a fraction of the size that it is today. While many European cities by the 1850s were already very large, it took Mexico City a little longer to get moving. At the time of publishing, there was likely around 150,000 people living in Mexico City - while there was already over 2.5 million living in London.
Rather handily, there's a key in the top right corner that will help you identify over 100 landmarks and notable structures of Ciudad de México (CDMX).
Smack bang in the middle of the map, as it is in Mexico City today, is the Metropolitan Cathedral. And if you cast your eye a bit to the left, there's Alameda Central - the city's oldest park, still with the same arrangement of paths.
Zoom in and take a closer look. See if you can spot your home town/street, or where you stayed on holiday.
From a historical perspective, the year this map was published (1858) was the year that Colonel Ignacio Comonfort was removed from power by a successful coup led by General Félix Zuloaga. Zuloaga would then succeed during a re-coup the following year by Comonfort.
This map looks great at all sizes from 12x16 inches (30x40cm), to 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 24x30 inches (60x76cm). But it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70 inches (180cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
Please note that the unframed 24x30 inch map has white edges that can easily be snipped off (or they may help you with framing!) All other map sizes, and all framed maps, look exactly like the listing images.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (50x40cm) version of this map.
This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from Mexico City, who lives there now, or perhaps someone who has travelled or worked there a lot.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes the map pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
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Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.