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1860 Johnson Map of Florida

Johnson's Florida. - Main View

1860 Johnson Map of Florida


The first edition of Johnson's map of Florida.



Johnson's Florida.
  1860 (undated)     13 x 16 in (33.02 x 40.64 cm)     1 : 2471040


This is a beautiful example of A. J. Johnson and Ross C. Browning's 1860 first edition map of Florida. The map illustrates Florida in full, with color coding according to county.

Cartographically, this map is based upon the J. H. Colton chart of 1855, which is itself derived from state and federal Land Survey charts commissioned in the late 1840s to the mid-1850s. It makes numerous references to American Indian tribes and to forts and battles sites related to the recently resolved Seminole Wars (1817 - 1858). It notes Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades, the Indian Hunting Grounds, Biscayne Bay, Tampa Bay, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Also illustrated is the proposed course of a canal route between Tampa to the Atlantic.

The Arredondo Grant is included just to the west of St. Augustine. The Arredondo Grant was a layover of the Spanish Land Grant program, which bequeathed it to a powerful Spanish merchant - Arredondo. With incredible difficulty and protest, the land grants were dissolved when Florida became part of the United States. Nonetheless the Arredondo Grand proved tenacious appearing on mappings of this region well into the late 19th century.

An inset map in the lower left-hand quadrant details the Florida Keys. The whole is surrounded by the strapwork border used for Johnson's atlas maps from 1860 to 1863. Published by A.J. Johnson and Ross C. Browning as plate no. 36 in the 1860 first edition of Johnson and Browning's Johnson's Family Atlas.


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