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Rare plan of the entrance to Tampa Bay, based upon English surveys prior to the American Revolution.

The map shows extensive soundings, and the location of Fisherman's Point, Mullet Keys, Castor Key, Pollux Key, Long Island, Restinga Larga or Long Shoal and Grant's Sound.

The map is quite possibly the earliest obtainable map to focus on the Tampa Bay region.

Sayer & Bennett Biography

Sayer & Bennett refers to the partnership of Robert Sayer (ca. 1724-1794) and John Bennett (fl. 1760-d.1787), which lasted between 1774 and 1783. Bennett had been Sayer’s apprentice. The pair specialized in American atlases, based on the work of Thomas Jefferys, who plates had been acquired by Sayer when Jefferys went bankrupt in 1766. They also began publishing navigational charts in the 1780s and quickly became the largest supplier of British charts in the trade. However, in 1783 Bennett lost control of his mental faculties and the partnership dissolved as a result. Sayer’s business was later passed to his employees, Robert Laurie and James Whittle.