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Florida was the smallest state in population in the Confederate States of America at the time of the Civil War. Growth was very slow in the decades up until World War Two. Florida had 1,900,000 people. That number has now swollen to an estimated 21,480,000 in 2020.
Unique Media Map of Florida
The map above is an image I copied from a folded paper map I purchased at Amazon. The map is on a wall of my office and is about 18"x24". If you like it, see Amazon link for Unique Media Map.
The changes on the map are dramatic when compared to the earliest map on this page: John de Solis map of 1764.
The state's transportation routes began with Spanish and Native American trails, rivers, and streams. These evolved into wagon roads and railroads and finally paved roads for cars.
The tremendous growth in Florida (it's been growing by at least one thousand people a day for years) has put a constant strain on the local and regional road network.
This web page is an interesting way to track the growth of the Sunshine State.
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Many of these Florida vintage road map images are from the Florida State Archives. Credit to the source is given on each image. You can use your browser to zoom in for a closer look.
John de Solis Map of 1764
Tanner's Florida Map 1833 - Florida Memory
First Map of Florida After Statehood 1846
Colton's Map, 1868 - Florida Memory
Whitney's Pathfinder circa 1881
Florida 1890 - Florida Memory
SPECIAL ZOOMABLE FUN FEATURE Click on Map Below to go to Zoomable PDF File
If you click on either of the images of the 1959 Florida road map, you will be taken to a PDF file that lets you see everything in greater detail. This is Florida immediately before the Turnpike or Interstates began to pop up.
Florida Turnpike 1964 - Florida Memory
Cross Florida Barge Canal 1971 - Florida Memory
SPECIAL ZOOMABLE FUN FEATURE Click on Map to go to Zoomable PDF File
The 200-seat Kapok Tree Inn opened in Clearwater in 1958 and immediately became a hit with locals and tourists alike.
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