Old Map of Mexico, Guatemala, Texas, California by H.S. Tanner, 1839: Mexico City, Puebla, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Houston
Old Map of Mexico, Guatemala, Texas, California by H.S. Tanner, 1839: Mexico City, Puebla, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Houston

Old Map of Mexico, Guatemala, Texas, California by H.S. Tanner, 1839: Mexico City, Puebla, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Houston

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This masterful 1839 map by H.S. Tanner stands as a richly detailed testament to a time of transformation and exploration. This region of Mexico, Guatemala, and Southwest Texas, including what would become the state of California, was in the throes of significant change. As an artifact from an era that pre-dates many modern cities, the map bears the names of early settlements and offers an intriguing opportunity to trace their evolution over time. It's not just a piece of cartography; it's a portal to the past.

What sets this map apart is not just its meticulous detail but the historical context it envelops. The 1830s was a period of considerable political flux, and this map delivers a snapshot of that time, capturing a pre-Californian United States era. Thus, the map invites dialogue and discussions about colonialism, frontier life, and the transformation of the landscape, proving to be much more than a mere decorative item.

Settlements featured


  • Mexico City (Founded 1325): Originally known as Tenochtitlán, it was the capital of the Aztec Empire, and it is now the most populous city in North America.
  • Puebla (Founded 1531): Established by the Spanish in an area known for its intricate pottery and rich culinary tradition.
  • Guadalajara (Founded 1532): Named after the Spanish hometown of its founder, Nuño de Guzmán, Guadalajara is now known as Mexico's cultural hub, famous for mariachi music and tequila.
  • Veracruz (Founded 1519): Founded by Hernán Cortés, it was the first Spanish settlement on the mainland of the Americas.
  • Monterrey (Founded 1596): Named after the Countess of Monterrei, it is now an important industrial and business hub in Mexico.
  • Leon (Founded 1576): Known as the leather capital of the world.
  • Zacatecas (Founded 1548): A significant city during the Spanish colonial period due to its silver mining.
  • San Luis Potosi (Founded 1592): One of the centers of the Mexican War of Independence.


  • Guatemala City (Founded 1776): The capital city, it was moved to this location after the previous capital, Antigua Guatemala, was destroyed by an earthquake.
  • Antigua Guatemala (Founded 1543): Known for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture.
  • Quetzaltenango (Founded 1524): It was the city where the final battle took place that ended the Mayan resistance against Spanish rule.
  • Livingston (Founded 1806): A unique town in Guatemala, home to the Garifuna people.
  • Flores (Founded 9th Century AD): Located on a small island on Lake Petén Itzá, it was the last independent Maya state until 1697.

Southwest Texas

  • San Antonio (Founded 1718): Originally a Spanish mission and colonial outpost, it is now known for The Alamo, a historic Spanish mission and fortress compound.
  • Goliad (Founded 1749): Known for the Presidio La Bahía, a fort established by the Spanish to protect their missions and settlements in the region.
  • Nacogdoches (Founded 1779): The oldest town in Texas, it was a significant site during the Texas Revolution.
  • Victoria (Founded 1824): Named after the first president of independent Mexico, Guadalupe Victoria.
  • Austin (Founded 1839): Named for Stephen F. Austin, known as the "Father of Texas", it's the state capital and a cultural and educational hub.
  • Houston (Founded 1836): Named after General Sam Houston, a key figure in Texas's independence from Mexico. It's the largest city in Texas and known for its role in the space industry.

California (Then part of Mexico)

  • San Diego (Founded 1769): Originally a Spanish mission and presidio, it's now the second-largest city in California.
  • Los Angeles (Founded 1781): Originally a Spanish mission, it has grown into the second most populous city in the United States.
  • Monterey (Founded 1770): The capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico, it was the site of the drafting of the California Constitution in 1849.
  • San Jose (Founded 1777): Known as the first civilian town in the Spanish colony of California.
  • San Francisco (Founded 1776): Originally named Yerba Buena, it was renamed to San Francisco in 1847, a year before the start of the California Gold Rush.

Highlighted features on this map include significant boundaries and natural features like the Rio Grande, the Grand Canyon, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, as well as California's El Camino Real and Yosemite Valley.

This period between 1820 and 1850 was marked by significant events such as the Texas Revolution (1835-1836), the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), and the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. These historical events echo throughout the region encapsulated in this map, providing not only aesthetic value but a journey through history.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 100in (254cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

The fifth listing image shows an example of my map personalisation service.

Please note the unframed 24x30in (61x76cm) map has white edges around the map. These edges can help you with framing, or if you don’t need them they are very easy to snip off with scissors. All other maps, including the framed maps, look exactly like the listing images.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my main collection of USA and North America maps.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. My standard frame is around 20mm (0.8in) wide.

I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

Six standard frame colours are available for free (black, dark brown, dark grey, oak, white and antique gold). Custom framing and mounting/matting is available if you're looking for something else.

Most maps are also available as a framed canvas. The map is printed on matte (not shiny) canvas, stretched over a box frame, and then 'floated' within a simple wood frame. The end result is quite beautiful, and there's no glazing in front of your map.

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Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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If you're looking for the perfect anniversary or housewarming gift, I can personalise your map to make it truly unique. For example, I can add a short message, or highlight an important location, or add your family's coat of arms.

The options are almost infinite. Please see my map personalisation page for some wonderful examples of what's possible.

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Map ageing

I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

Well, now you can, by selecting Aged before you add a map to your basket.

All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 4,000 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

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.

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