Wednesday, March 23, 2011

3/23/11 Report - Maps and More Maps

Fort Capron Map.

I have some things to catch up on today. I've had so much to write about that sometimes I forget some things or they simply get delayed.

As you probably know, I did a series of posts on Fort Capron and the Fort Capron treasure. The upcoming Sedwick Coins auction will include coins from that treasure.

In the recent past I posted maps showing Fort Capron. One of the maps was a map from 1855. Brad C. submitted the above map. As you can see, he marked the spot where Fort Capron is often shown on maps and also where he puts the actual location.

Thanks Brad!

I posted about the Fort Capron treasure partly to encourage you think about sources of treasure on the Treasure Coast in addition to our well-known 1715 Fleet.

I also hope the Tequesta article that I posted broadened your perspective on other treasures in Florida.

I also recently posted some resources for finding maps that might be helpful. Scott B. sent in some more that I'll list here along with some of his notes.

* Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection (free) -

* (you must pay for these) -

* USGS will research their hardcopy map library and make a black-and-white copy for you (must pay) -

* The USGS store (free and pay) - you can zoom to your area of interest and place a point, then click on the point and it will list what they have available. See the following example of Wabasso Beach. They have a 1970 map of the area you can download and view in Adobe Reader -

* The National map - not so much historical maps, but current imagery and you can overlay the topo maps and view both - lots of good information; take a look near South Beach Park (?) using the geo coordinates 27.64117 and -80.35051 - note the underwater sandbar stretching from the beach out into the water, could be useful to know. -

* And your local library probably has copies of the old USGS maps in their research section. You usually can't check them out, but you can make copies.

Don't say you never get anything free. That is some useful information.

Thanks Scott!

And here is an article on how some of the tree islands in the Everglades may have formed. It could be that they were formed on Precolumbian trash dumps.

You can sometimes find old sites by looking at differences in the current vegetation. Google earth and other viewers can be useful in identifying sites like that.

And a 10.000 year-old spear was recovered from a deep spring in Florida. Although I don't always agree with the dating techniques, this is a good article that you might want to read.

It's foggy this morning. It reminded me of the time I was doing some shallow water hunting and I couldn't see but a few feet around me in any direction. Standing out there in a flat quiet ocean with just white all around was a sight to behold. Some of the most amazing and beautiful sights that I can remember seeing, I saw while shallow water hunting.

Forecast and Conditions

The wind is out of the west and the sea is calm. It looks like we'll have calm seas for at least a few days. That makes for easy water and low tide hunting.

You might want to check out some of those low tide zones this week. The tides are still pretty good.

That is about all I have time for today.

Happy hunting,