History of the Name
The Calafia, is the fictional queen of the island of California, first introduced by sixteenth-century poet Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo in his epic, Las sergas de Esplandián, written around 1510. The Californias, a region of North America encompassing the U.S. state of California and the Mexican states of Baja California and Baja California Sur, take their name from Calafia and her kingdom.
The Calafia with regards to the California Map Society is a Journal published twice a year in the Spring and Autumn. It features a wonderfully fascinating array of articles relating to maps both old and new. From the early woodblock engravings of the old world to the new findings through GIS technology, this journal is sure to appease any map enthusiast. PDF versions are available online and printed copies are included with any California Map Society Membership.