One of the Earliest Maps of the State of Florida
An excellent full hand-color example of the 1846 edition of Bradford's map of Florida, colored by county.
Issued less than a year after Florida statehood in March 1845, this map is significantly updated and revised from Bradford's 1838 map of Florida Territory, with a number of new counties shown in the northern part of Florida.
This map sports an early appearance of Dade County, while Mosquito County remains quite large. The southern third of the state is marked unexplored and there are very few settlements on the peninsula.
Only a handful of counties in the south, including Dade, Monroe, Hillsboro and Mosquito. Miranda's Grant is shown and colored in pink, along with Fort Foster and Fort Brooks.
A number of battle sites are shown in northern Mosquito County from the First and Second Seminole War.
Arredondo's Grant is shown in the middle of Alachua County, along with a number of neighboring forts, old towns, and similar land marks. Fascinating throughout.
Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1802-1887) was an American geographic publisher. He hailed from Bradford, Massachusetts and began his publishing career by working for the America Encyclopedia. Then, he edited and republished the Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern & Ancient, which had originally been offered in French by Adrian Balbi. In 1835, he published another atlas, A Comprehensive Atlas: Geographical, Historical & Commercial, and, in 1838, An Illustrated Atlas Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries. His interests were primarily in educational publishing and he was one of the first mapmakers to show Texas as an independent country.