Auction 165, Lot 155

"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: Southeast United States

Period: 1806 (dated)

Publication: New Universal Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 18.1 inches
51.6 x 46 cm

This is a wonderful 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.

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 876.

Condition: B

Original color that is slightly faded with an "1804" watermark. There is a damp stain along the lower centerfold, an extraneous crease adjacent to the centerfold, and a centerfold separation that enters 3" into map at bottom that has been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/15/2017