Maia Madison ’15 created two maps and a guide to the cacao trade in New Spain based on resources from Watkinson collections. The maps (España and Neuva España) and Codex Cacahuatl: A merchant’s guide to the cacao trade in New Spain are hand-written, illustrated, and decorated with borders in the style of contemporary maps. From Madison’s application: “In the maps the principle variables would be cacao and its additives. In addition I would attempt to map the forms of chocolate (hot beverage, cold beverage, solid bar, cake additive, etc.) as well as the principal uses of chocolate (medicinal, ceremonial, religious, and social).”
Madison, Maia, "Codex Cacahuatl: A Merchant’s Guide to the Cacao Trade in New Spain (manuscript maps and book)" (2013). Watkinson Student Creative Fellowship Projects. Paper 7.