Born in Spain, Miera y Pacheco (1713-1785) is best known for executing the first maps of New Mexico, but was an artist of religious subjects, a distinguished soldier,a captain of the Royal Corps of Engineers, and a painter, sculptor, town mayor and intrepid explorer of the vast colony of New Spain. Miera y Pacheco is one of hundreds of outstanding persons in the Spanish Colonial Period whose names are not household words, but whose stature rivals or exceeds most the people in the history of English America. Contains Essays by Thomas E, Chavez, Robin Farwell Gavin and Donna Pierce, William Wroth, Charles M. Carrillo, and Dennis Reinhartz. Size, 8 &1/2 x 10 & 3/4. Illustrated.