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    Map of Florida, 1833 Map of Florida, 1833
Maps published by Anthony Finley of Philadelphia were the best of their time, the Federal Period, showing landmarks and interior information with fair accuracy. Probably born around 1790, little is known about his background, but he apparently moved in the same Philadelphia circles of engravers and compilers as other contemporary publishers. He published pocket maps for travelers and wall maps for school use. This is an early Finley map, dated 1833. Alachua County extended from the Georgia line to Charlotte Harbor, present-day Naples. In 1834 Hillsborough County was created, cutting the southern portion of Alachua County off about at the present-day Pasco-Hernando line. The Bellamy Road, the first Federal highway built in Florida, commissioned in 1824, is shown-it reached from the Ochlockonee River in west Florida to Picolata on the eastern bank of the St. Johns River, just north of Pilatka.
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