We believe in Mediterranean heritage
It all started in 1785. Yes, it has been quite a few years since the 18th century Cardinal Antoni Despuig supported the creation of a map of Mallorca that included the more than 1,250 Possessions that existed at the time. According to the experts, it is one of the most important examples of Mallorcan and Spanish cartography of the Enlightenment age.
The desire to enhance the value of what Cardinal Despuig wanted to highlight in his map is what drove us to create Itinerem, a project which aims to present to the world the immense material and immaterial heritage that the Possessions have represented for centuries and still represent today in the history of Mallorca.
The project is run by the Itinerem Foundation, an organisation that is building on the cultural promotion carried out since 2015 by the Historical Heritage of the Mediterranean Cultural Association. We are a group of professionals from the tourism, cultural and communication industries who have come together, mainly, to achieve the following objectives:
- Actively inform about the importance of Possessions in the history of Mallorca and other relevant heritage buildings in the Mediterranean area through the promotion of cultural tourism.
- Support local development in cooperation with associations, educational and social organisations, town halls, public authorities or businesses.
- Promote or participate in the creation of local, regional, national or even international programmes related to territorial, economic and/or social development.
Possessions are the material and immaterial legacy of many Majorcan generations that preceded us over the centuries. We are talking about people who lived and succeeded in life thanks to the effort they put into the work, mainly agricultural, from which they obtained the fruits of the earth and were able to support their children and the children of their children. We owe them a lot. We are who we are thanks to them. That is why we would like to acknowledge their role and their legacy through creating value from the land that fed them and that still nourishes us, showcasing its immense beauty and the profound meaning it has to anyone who would like to visit. Would you like to join us?
And we don’t just use any old thing to justify our commitment to the Possessions and Mediterranean culture. Our point of reference is nothing less than a treasure of Mallorcan and Spanish cartography. The Map of Mallorca made by Cardinal Despuig in 1785 is a historical work of major importance. Made during the Enlightenment period, the map was inspired by the man after whom it is named: Cardinal Antoni Despuig i Dameto. It was etched by Josep Muntaner i Moner and dedicated to none other than the Princess of Asturias, Maria Luisa de Borbón.
The map contains more than two thousand five hundred place names, among which are the more than one thousand two hundred and fifty Possessions that existed at the time in Mallorca. These Possessions were fully operational and a shining example of the way of life and rural nature of the island.
But the richness of the detail of the map is not only reflected in the Possessions. It also provides great detail on the island mountains, waterways and coast. And although it cannot be described as a scientific work, the map of Cardinal Despuig is certainly a work of art of incalculable value. The map also shows other aspects of Mallorca such as populations, oratories, the road network, place names and even land use, among many other features. An extremely valuable artefact whose richness can be seen even in the map edges, with their drawings of villages on the island. That is why we end with the idea that this map is both a work of art and a showcase for 18th-century Mallorcan ethnography.
Itinerem honours his memory.