Destination Special Collections : Texana

This map is the first to focus on the region, and is the first time the coastline from the Sabine River to the Yucatan peninsula appeared on one map. Arent Roggeveen, a Dutch surveyor, designed this map based off information from the Dutch West India Company. Roggeveen originally published the map in 1675, but after his death, his publisher purchased the plates, added his name to the title, and reissued the map in 1680, which is when this particular map was printed.

This map of the Gulf Coast is displayed according to the orientation of the title, but to read it properly it should be turned counterclockwise ninety degrees. Here you can see a comparison of the map coastline and the actual coastline in its proper orientation.

Find De Cust van Westindien on the UNT Library Catalog.

De Cust van Westindien van La Desconoscida tot C. Escondido

Each of these photographs provide a unique glimpse into a specific time and place in Texas history. This collection offers the viewer visual access to the norms of social and domestic life, architecture, transportation, and commerce through the early years of Texas settlement.

Rembert and Yankee Grocery Store, Eagle Lake, TX
Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, TX
Whitewright, TX street view
Wichita Falls, TX store fronts
Kingsville, TX 5th Street
Fannin County Court House
Olie Skaggs driving Alliance Milling Co. truck

This collection of ephemera related to Texas history provides a window into the past. These items, which were not created to last past their initial usefulness, offer details into the original settlement of the Denton, TX region, as well as provide evidence of commerce at the time.

Receipt from Doughty, Slover & Culwell
Broadside advertisement for Denton land
The Lone Star State flyer from William Little