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Common Ground : Exploring the Florida-Cuba Connection through Historical Maps

Authors: Carol McAuliffe*,
Topics: Historical Geography, Cultural Geography, Cartography
Keywords: Cuba, Florida, cartography, historical maps, cultural geography
Session Type: Paper
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At its core, the link between Cuba and Florida is a geographic one. With only 94 miles between them, their close proximity and similar climates ensure a shared history, culture, and industry. Because of their location, they have also served as a gateway to both North America and the Caribbean and have been the focus of imperial powers seeking to control the region.

Explore the Florida-Cuba connection through historical maps that highlight the commonalities between the two, from our shared colonial past and imperial rule to the rise of similar economic, social, and cultural influences. The cartographic record from the late 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century provides a lens with which to examine our common ground.

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