Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps

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Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps

Marking the quincentenary of Ponce de León’s 1513 landing on Florida’s shores, the Tampa Bay History Center presents "Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps," one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Florida cartography ever assembled. On exhibit through February 16, 2014, the exhibition brings together more than 150 maps from museum and library collections around the world, many of which will be on view to the public for the first time.

The exhibit offers viewers a rare opportunity to see the world as early European explorers saw it, and to watch the peninsula that would become one of the South’s most populous states evolve before their eyes. They’ll see that much of the earliest European exploration of North America occurred not in New England, but in Florida and the Southeast, while early railroad maps and tourist brochures vibrantly illustrate Florida’s evolution into America’s No. 1 tourist destination.

Intricate and colorful ― pink, red, and purple hues abound ― the maps presented in Charting the Land of Flowers are as much works of art as they are historical documents. Together with atlases, military maps, nautical charts, city maps, and satellite images collected for the exhibition, they trace six centuries of exploration, settlement, and growth in the Land of Flowers.

Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps is on exhibit Sept. 21, 2013, through Feb. 16, 2014, at the Tampa Bay History Center. More information at or (813) 228-0097.


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Tampa, FL 33602
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