Map Resources 2013

Map Resources 2013

Map Resources

Map Resources

Map Resources

Map Resources

Map Resources

How has our understanding of Florida changed over time?

For six centuries, international mapmakers and artists have chronicled the stories of Florida. Their maps tell of the incredible growth, change, and sometimes conflict, that occurred as waves of explorers and immigrants flooded our shores. Later maps reflect the rich cultural and environmental landscape that we know today. Designed as an educational resource, this website provides an in depth look at some of the maps featured in the History Center’s exhibition, Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps. The close-up map views, readings and activities will help guide your students’ exploration of La Florida, and ponder questions related to its development. Click on any map for a closer view.

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Gerónimo de Chaves (1524– ?), La Florida from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of Abraham Ortelius, Additamentum of 1584 (1591 or 1592 Latin edition)

Essential Question: How has our understanding of the geography of Florida changed since Chaves made his map?

Chaves Map Downloads

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Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues (1533–1587), Floridae Americae Provinciae Recens et Exactissima Descriptio, found in Theodore de Bry, Grands Voyages, part II (Frankfurt, 1591)

Essential Question: Le Moyne’s drawing and de Bry’s engraving produce a misshaped Florida. How do you think the product of an artist and an engraver influences map readers and other cartographers?

Le Moyne Map Downloads

 

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Vincenzo Coronelli (1650–1718). Gore showing part of North America from his Libro dei globi (Book of Globes) (Venice , ca. 1693).

Essential Question: How is looking at a globe different from looking at a flat map?

Coronelli Map Downloads

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Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas (1549–1625), Description del Destricto del Audiencia de la Española from his Descripción de las Indias Ocidentales (Madrid, 1601). Copperplate engraving.

Essential Question: What impressions does a map-reader get from a map that keeps secrets?

Herrera Map Downloads

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Mark Catesby, A Map of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands with the Adjacent Parts from his Natural History of the Carolinas, Florida and the Bahama Islands…, 2nd ed. (London, 1754). Colored copper-engraving.

Essential Question: What do artistic embellishments teach us about the places found on maps?

Catesby Map Downloads

   
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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), A Chart of the Gulf Stream published in Maritime Observations: in a Letter from Doctor Franklin… (1786)

Essential Question: How can one person’s passionate interest in a natural phenomenon influence and guide us today?

Franklin Map Downloads

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Thomas Jefferys (1710-1771), Plan of the Town and Harbour of St. Augustine. Plate 6 of William Roberts’ An Account of the First Discovery, and Natural History of Florida. (London, 1763). Copper-engraving.

Essential Question: Why are places like Fort Matanzas and Fort Mose relatively unknown and who might benefit if their history is uncovered and preserved today?

Jefferys Map Downloads

   
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Pierre Mortier (1661–1711), Téâtre de la guerre en Amérique (The Theater of War in America) (Amsterdam, 1703).

Essential Question: As Pierre Mortier legitimately acquired the rights to the maps he copied, how do you view his omission of tribute to the original artists?

Mortier Map Downloads

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John Bachmann (dates), Bird’s Eye View of Florida and Part of Georgia and Alabama, (New York, 1861). Color lithograph

Essential Question: How does Florida’s geography influence the Civil War effort on both sides?

Bachmann Map Downloads

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“Map of the Plant System of Railway, Steamer and Steamship Lines and Connections.” Lithograph. Undated, but approximately 1895.

Essential Question: Why do you think Henry Plant was interested in Florida?

Plant System Map Downloads

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Great Outdoors Association. Rube Allyn’s Authentic Fishing Map, #1A, Lower Tampa Bay. St. Petersburg, 1960.

Essential Question: Why might you carry a thematic map in your back pocket? 

Allyn Map Downloads

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American Automobile Association, Florida. (New York City, 1917). Print type.

Essential Question: How does a map invite people to travel?

AAA Map Downloads