“FLORIDA.” Boston, Massachusetts: Thomas Gamaliel Bradford, c. 1838 (dated in lower margin). Reference: Phillips Atlases #1381. (Image: 14 ¼ x 12 ½’’) Excellent condition and color, small light stain in water west of Sanibel Island.
Very fine & beautifully engraved map with original hand-coloring. Engraved by G. W. Boynton (owner of an engraving company in Boston 1830’s - 40’s). From An Illustrated Atlas, Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries by T. G. Bradford.
This map depicts the Florida Territory prior to statehood in 1845 with counties named and in contrasting pastel colors. Topographical features are shown, and major cities, towns, waterways and islands are identified.
Early Spanish forts and the Arrendondo’s and Mirandas Grants are also located.
Published during the Second Seminole War. Seminoles, already noted for their fighting abilities, won the respect of U.S. soldiers for their bravery, fortitude, and ability to adapt to changing circumstances during the Second Seminole War (1835–42). A number of battle sites are noted in northern Mosquito County. This war, the most significant of the three conflicts between Indian people and U.S. troops in Florida, began over the question of whether Seminoles should be moved westward across the Mississippi River into what is now Oklahoma.