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Auction 123, Lot 256

"A Plan of Amelia Harbour and Barr, in East Florida…", Sayer & Bennett

Subject: Florida

Period: 1776 (dated)

Publication: The North American Pilot...Vol II

Color: Black & White

16.3 x 24 inches
41.4 x 61 cm

The first edition of this rare chart of Amelia Harbor, surveyed in 1775 by Jacob Blamey. Amelia Island is located on the boundary between Florida and Georgia. It has a stratgic location and is the only territory in the United States to have been under eight different flags during its intriguing history. The anchorages within the deep-water harbor were used for all kinds of sailing vessels including smugglers, pirates, and slave ships. During the American Revolution, the island became home for English Loyalists fleeing the colonies. This map charts the waterways surrounding portions of Amelia Island, Cumberland Island, Martin's (Marteirs) Island and small Tiger's Island, showing anchorages, soundings and hazards. The ruins of Fort William are noted at the tip of Cumberland Island. This fort was built by the British Gen. James Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia, who successfully repelled Spanish troops from Georgia in 1742. A number of other landmarks and buildings are named, including the plantation of the Countess Dowager of Egmont on Amelia Island, with the reference key below noting the Negro Hutts and Indigo Works of the plantation. Published by Sayer & Bennett.

References: Phillips (A) #1209-11.

Condition: A

A superb impression on a strong sheet with some minor toning.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Sold for: $3,750

Closed on 2/20/2008