Showing The Locations of Sunken Spanish Treasure Ships!
Lively thematic map of Florida, illustrating the location of the wrecks of famous ships off the coast of Florida.
The names of famous pirates, including Blackbeard, William Rogers, Henry Morgan, and Gasparilla, are listed within the border. The map is a whimsical mix of illustrations of pirates, local Indians, Spanish conquistadors and the like, with text below the title valuing the lost treasures in and around Florida at about $165,000,000 (in 1950).
This is the second edition with the place of publication listed as Lakeland, Florida. Illustrated by Warner Sanford, a draughtsman with the Florida State Highway Department, and published by Ralph E. Odum, an Assistant State Attorney General for Florida at the time.
Contemporary reports state that the map was produced after a 3-year research project by Odum to identify the locations of the most commonly cited and plausible treasure sites. Many believe that Odum's map reinvigorated treasure hunting in Florida, boosting the number of state-issued permits sought by treasure seekers, which were required to search on state-owned land or in coastal waters.