Colton’s New Sectional Map of the Eastern Portion of Florida


Excellent example of Colton’s township map of eastern Florida.

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This scarce map of Florida provides an interesting record of the state’s internal development, as well as the progress of the General Land Office surveys within the state. This process is explained in some detail by Colton in a text box under the title block. With the exception of numerous private grants and the swampy areas around Lake Okeechobee, segmentation of the territory into townships is largely complete by the time of publication in 1883. The railroad extended its reach to Kississimee the year prior and would continue its trek south to reach Tampa by 1884. The lack of charted roads and numerous small bodies of water, indicating swampy lowlands, give some impression of the difficulty of travel throughout the state.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1883

Author: G.W. & C.B. Colton

Sheet Width (in): 24.50

Sheet Height (in): 31.50

Condition: A-

Condition Description: The pocket map is in very good shape and attached to the original brown cloth boards. Creasing along fold lines, as issued, and several 1-2" separations. Very faint discoloration where the map is attached to the boards and a few spots within the image. A bright sheet, full margins and hand color makes for a very pleasing look.