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A New and Accurate Map of East and West Florida, Drawn from the best Authorities
Kitchin, Thomas (1718-1784)

Published in the March 1765 issue of The London Magazine, which stated, "Florida, being now divided into two governments, or provinces, East-Florida and West-Florida, and likely to become a very beneficial acquisition to this nation, we have given our readers a new and accurate Map thereof, drawn from the best authorities."

East and West Florida effectively became the 14th and 15th British Colonies in America, with St. Augustine and Pensacola, respectively, as their capitals. Florida remained loyal to England during the American Revolution, however, and it was returned to Spain in 1783 as a result of the Second Treaty of Paris. It subsequently became the Territory of Florida in the United States in 1821 and America's 27th state in 1845.

Note the extension of West Florida to the Mississippi River, the exaggerated size of C. Cannaveral (Cape Canaveral) and the excessive number of rivers which cause much of East Florida to appear to be a series of islands. The Tampa area is indicated by the name "Tampa Bahia" (Tampa Bay).

Thomas Kitchin (1718-1784) was an engraver and publisher and was also hydrographer to the King of England. This map is similar to the ones produced by Jefferys and Bellin in 1764 and by Gibson in 1763. They were probably based on a Spanish manuscript map.