Auction 123, Lot 197

"A New Map of Part of the United States of North America, containing the Carolinas and Georgia, also the Floridas and Part of the Bahama Islands &c. from the Latest Authorities", Cary, John

Subject: United States - Southeast

Period: 1806 (dated)

Publication: New Universal Atlas

Color: Hand Color

Size:
20.8 x 18.3 inches
52.8 x 46.5 cm

This is a great map of the Southeast issued during a period of rapid change and advancement. East and West Florida exist as separate territories. West Florida was not annexed into the United States until 1810. Portions of it became Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. The map is filled with information on the roads, portages, forts, Indian villages, settlements and topography. It is also remarkable for the many interesting notes, including the Principal Hunting Grounds of the Western Party and Six Villages in Mississippi, here shown as part of the large Georgia Territory. In Florida, Fort St. Marks, Apalacha Fort, and the roads from St. Augustine are shown, with a note that the Apalachees Villages are now almost all deserted. Southern Florida is labeled Ancient Tegesta. A lake and river system connects Mayaco Lake (Lake Okeechobee) with the St. Johns River. The map extends to provide good detail of the Bahamas including a notation on Guanihani or Cat Island that it was the first Land of America Discovered by Columbus - a common misconception of the period.

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Condition: A

A nice example with original outline color on a strong sheet. The right margin has a minor stain, not affecting the map. There is a faint trace of offsetting in the map, still very good.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $750

Closed on 2/20/2008

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