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 21,310,000 in 2018.
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.
Many of these 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.
SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE FROM OLDEST TO NEWEST
SPECIAL ZOOMABLE FUN FEATURE
If you click on the image above of Clayson's Guide Map, you will be taken to a Florida State Archive page that lets you zoom in and out all over the state. Try it, you'll like it.
SPECIAL ZOOMABLE FUN FEATURE 1959 ROAD MAP
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.
More information about the images from Florida Memory can be found at Florida Memory State Library & Archives of Florida.