A Plat Exhibiting the State of the Surveys in the Territory of Florida. - #2382

 

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DATE: 1837

MAP MAKER: Robert Butler.

SIZE: 8 1/2" X 23 1/2".

PRICE: $400.00

 

Surveyor General Office, Robert Butler.

This large map (8 1/2" X 23 1/2") was issued by Butler as part of the regular updating of the plats of theTerritory*.
The United States General Land Office was established in 1812. Its duties were to survey and manage
the public lands of the federal government. 
In 1824, the post of Surveyor General of the United States for the Territory of Florida was established to survey
the public lands in Florida using a township and range system. Florida is divided into nearly 1,700 townships, each of
which is a square six miles by six miles.  Township is also the name of the east-west axes (similar to latitude),
range is the name of the north-south axes (similar to longitude).  Each township is subdivided into square mile sections,
numbered consecutively from 1 to 36. Notice the principal system of reference: the base parallel and the principal meridian
(intersecting on the southwest corner of the former Lafayette land grant).
The 300 000 acres large 1817 (Arredonde) Arredondo land grant covering most of Alachua County is still operative.
Notice also the huge uncharted (over one million acres) Forbes purchase in the quadrant south west of Tallahassee.
In 1776, Panton Leslie & Co in which John Forbes was a partner, established in Pensacola a trading company which became
extremely successful, so much so that it was permitted to continue operating by the Spaniards after Spain retook control
of Florida in 1783. The firm was even permitted to turn Indian debts into land titles. This "Spanish grant" was denounced
by the US once Florida was ceded by Spain to America in 1819. It took 14 years of legal wrangling to re-establish
the ownership rights of Forbes (the sole surviving associate), hence validating his land sale to Colin Mitchell's
“Appalachicola Land Company” which operated the grant till 1858.
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* known updates of Florida plats: see table

Florida Early Plat History

 
Year

Size at "neat line" in inches

Name Include Peninsula
     

1837

8 1/2 X 23 1/2

Robert Butler

TERRITORY

1838

13  5/16 X 24 1/2

Robert Butler

1838

9 7/8 X 22

Robert Butler

1839

17 X 25

Robert Butler

1839

15 13/16 X 25 1/2

Robert Butler

1840

9 13/16 X 21 13/16

Robert Butler

1840

12 X 26

Robert Butler

1840

14 X 24

Robert Butler

1841

11 1/2 X 23 1/2

Robert Butler

1841

21 1/2 X 22 1/2

Robert Butler

x

1845

22 1/2 X 25 1/2

Robert Butler

x

1848

24 X 26 13/16

Robert Butler

x

1849

22 5/16 X 25

Benjamin A Putnam

x

STATE

1850

7 X 12 1/8 + 8 5/16 X 13 13/16

Benjamin A Putnam

x

1851

23 X 25

Benjamin A Putnam

x

1851

24 11/16 X 21 5/8

Benjamin A Putnam

x

1852

22 1/2 X 25

Benjamin A Putnam

x

1853

21 X 25

John Wescott

x

1854

24 X 25

John Wescott

x

1854

22 13/16 X 25

John Wescott

x

1854

24 X 26 1/2

John Wescott

x

1855

26 9/16 X 24 1/2

John Wescott

x

1856

24 X 26 5/16

John Wescott

x

 

 

 

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