Old Map of Florida in 1855 by Colton - Keys, Panhandle, Jacksonville, Tampa, Dade, Tallahassee, Ft Lauderdale
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This map of Florida was created and published in 1855 by J. H. Colton, one of the 19th century's top mapmaking firms.
This is an extremely high quality US state map with a huge amount of detail. By the mid-1800s, most of Florida's modern counties had already been incorporated and their borders defined - though you'll notice that many of the borders have changed significantly over the last 150 years.
This map shows railroads, roads, canals, cities, county towns, lakes, villages and even forts (the Civil War was only a few years away, after all!)
Inset in the bottom left is a map of the Florida Keys.
In the mid-1800s, the US was very sparsely populated indeed. There are a few big cities that you'll recognise - but many villages and towns haven't yet been founded. Notably, Miami doesn't yet exist - it wouldn't be founded until the end of the 1800s.
This map looks great at all sizes from 12x16 inches (30x40cm), to 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 18x24 inches (45x60cm). But it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70 inches (175cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (50x40cm) version of this map.
Please note that the 24x30 inch unframed map has white strips along the edge. These can be snipped off easily or they may help you with framing. All other sizes, and all framed maps, look just like the listing images.
Zoom into the listing images and see if you can spot your hometown... or at least where your hometown will be built!
This map would make a great birthday or Christmas gift for someone from Florida or who has the Deep South in their heart.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame, or if you'd like to frame one of the larger maps. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.