Atlantic Coast of the United States Cape Canaveral to Habana with Straits of Florida and Bahama Banks
Washington D.C. Published by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, Updated Issue October 1918 (First Published May 1886). Large folding nautical chart, printed on heavy paper stock. Colored. Sheet size: 50 x 30 1/4 inches.
A rare original coastal survey of Florida from Jupiter to Tampa including West Palm Beach, Miami, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, the Keys, and Fort Meyers as well as the Bahamas and a partial mapping of the northern Cuban coastline including Havana.
Established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 as the Survey of the Coast, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey was the United States' first civilian scientific agency. This agency has followed its mission to survey the U.S. coastline, create nautical charts of the coast, and help increase maritime safety since its founding, and has often played fascinating roles in significant chapters of U.S. history. It served in all theaters of the Civil War in the service of the Union Army and Navy, pioneered acoustic exploration in the wake of the sinking of the Titanic, and during WWI it worked to detect enemy submarines. In addition, this agency worked to survey and produce detailed maps and renderings of the U.S. coast. These nautical survey maps (commonly referred to as "T-sheets") provide fascinating insights into the history of the United States coastline, which has and will continue to shift. These maps are the most important data source for understanding the physical and ecological characteristics of the U.S. shoreline. The present map is a highly detailed and accurate sea chart of Southern Florida and the Northern Caribbean region, and an important historical view of a developing Florida.