15 x 13 in (38.1 x 33.02 cm)
1 : 2217600
This is a scarce 1838 T.G. Bradford map of Florida. The map depicts all of Florida as it appeared at the height of the Second Seminole War (1835 - 1842). An early Florida county structure is presented with Mosquito County occupying most of eastern Florida. An inset map illustrates the western part of the Florida Panhandle.
Florida Land GrantsBradford identifies two Land Grants, those of Arredondo and Miranda. Both grants were layovers of the Spanish Land Grant program, which bequeathed them as rewards for service to crown. With incredible difficulty and protest, the land grants were dissolved when Florida became part of the United States. Arredondo's grant, named after Fernando de la Maza Arredondo, is located to the west of St. Augustine in Alachua county. It was granted to Arredondo in 1817 by Alexander Ramirez of Havana. Miranda's Grant, citing Pedro Miranda, a Spanish sailor, is in the vicinity of modern-day Tampa. Both land grants were dissolved by the U.S. Courts on the basis that they were not properly developed and therefore forfeited. These cases were reviews by the courts I 1832 and 1842, respectively. This map was published in Thomas G. Bradford's 1838 Comprehensive Atlas Geographical, Historical and Commercial. The present map may have appeared as early as 1838 when it replaced a smaller scale map of Florida that appeared in earlier editions. This map was engraved by G. W. Boynton of Boston, who also engraved most of the maps for Bradford's later publication. While common in institutional collections, this map is today rare on the market.
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