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  • MUSEUM QUALITY INKS AND PAPER: Printed on thick 192gsm heavyweight matte paper with archival giclee inks, this historic fine art will decorate your wall for years to come.
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  • Watermarks will not appear in the printed picture. Some blemishes, tears, or stamps may be removed from the final print.

This is an important 1861 U.S. Coast Survey mapping of the Cedar Keys, Florida. The map includes numerous depth soundings, coastal features and beautiful inland topography. The chart also includes information on light stations, tides, soundings, sailing instructions, and other important notes useful to the mariner.

Following the Seminole Wars, the government pushed for settlement of Florida and increased harvesting of its many natural resources. Cedar Key, situated on the Florida coast between Tampa and Apalachicola, was identified as a central to this plan for its potential as a shipping port. The U.S. Coast survey sent its top Gulf of Mexico expert F. H. Gerdes to survey the Key in anticipation of constructing a Steam Pier and Railroad. Following the Civil War, Cedar Key did in fact develop considerable a shipping trade as well as a number of mills and other factories, but most of these were destroyed in a series of violent hurricanes in the late 19th century.

The whole was compiled under the direction of A. D. Bache, Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States and one of the most influential American cartographers of the 19th century.

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