Colton 1856 Florida


“Colton’s Florida.”  From Colton’s Atlas of America.  New York: J.H. Colton, [1855]-1856.  12 1/2 x 15 1/2.  Lithograph.  Full original hand color.  Very good condition.  With inset of Florida keys.

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In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York.  The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift.  This map of Florida, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work.  The map presents the counties with contrasting pastel shades, and includes depictions of towns, roads, railroads, rivers, and some other topography.  Each feature is labeled neatly, and the information given extends to just beyond the borders of the state.  An inset “Plan of the Florida Keys” is in the lower left.  This is an attractive map as well as an interesting historical document.