Auction 169, Lot 197

"Map of the Province of West Florida", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: Southern United States

Period: 1781 (dated)

Publication: London Magazine

Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 7.3 inches
24.1 x 18.5 cm

This scarce chart of the British colony of West Florida is filled with soundings along the coastline and extends to the eastern tip of Louisiana, including New Orleans. West Florida remained loyal to Britain during the American Revolution, and was a haven for Tories fleeing from the Thirteen Colonies. After Spain entered the war in 1779, the governor of Spanish Louisiana began attempts to gain control of the region, gaining control of Mobile in 1780 and besieging Pensacola in 1781. A large inset map depicts Pensacola Harbor with a note that Pensacola was destroyed in 1719, when the French captured it from the Spanish in a previous conflict attesting to its strategic importance to the colonial powers in North America.

References: Jolly #LOND-341; Sellers & van Ee #1652.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flattened, with very light toning along one of the folds at top and along the edges of the sheet. A tiny tear that just enters the border at right has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/12/2018