When poking around on the Library of Congress Map Collections to find a header image the other day, I stumbled upon Dr. John H. Robinson’s 1819 map of the southern United States and what was then northern New Spain. Being that my research interests focus on the United States and Mexico, I chose this map. On this map Dr. Robinson is identified as a “Member of the Western Museum Society of Cincinnati and Brig. General in the Republican armies of Mexico.” With my research interests, I was intrigued. Doing a bit more digging, I stumbled upon a page in the Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, which includes more information about Dr. Robinson’s activities for Mexican independence.

Thus, through looking for a header image, I found a new story to include potentially in my dissertation. The serendipity of historical research.