New digital humanities project to map historic sites of conflict involving Native Americans in Texas

From left to right, Sam Haynes and Ramona Holmes

Historical accounts of conflict between Anglo-Americans, Mexicans and Native Americans in Texas are rife with inaccuracies, exaggeration and bias on the part of their authors – so much so that it can be difficult to know what really happened.

“Such data will be particularly valuable in allowing researchers to learn more about the mobility patterns of the nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes of Texas, and how these patterns changed over time,”

– Sam Haynes

But a team of University of Texas at Arlington researchers supported by a new College of Liberal Arts Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative is creating a data-driven, digital map of conflicts dating from the First Mexican Republic to the outbreak of the U.S.-Mexico War to create a new understanding of the conflicts and make their insights available online to everyone.

UTA Central Library exhibit, Quanah & Cynthia Ann Parker: A Pictorial Exhibit of their Story

Sam Haynes, director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and Ramona Holmes, director of the UTA Libraries Department of Digital Creation, were among the first recipients of a new grant awarded by COLA to encourage digital humanities. Eleven teams will share $100,000 in the inaugural round of awards.

 “This digital map will also give us a more complete picture of the wide-ranging nature of inter-ethnic conflict in Texas.”

– Sam Haynes

Read more about this story on the UTA News Center. (

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