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The Historical Cartography of Florida #8956 - Instructed by Dr. Joe Knetsch

When: January 20th
8:30 am
Where: Gainesville, Florida 
United States
Contact: Rebecca Culverson

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This course is an in-depth exploration into the history of early and current mapping of the State of Florida. From the earliest explorers to the current GIS systems, see the changes in the land, coast charts, property pleas, etc. to learn the importance of each throughout the ages. This course is designed to facilitate the understanding of the early and current mapping of the State of Florida. Each age has had its differing purposes and various nations have contributed to the mapping of the land of Florida. From early explorers to the current technology, the maps of Florida have shown the changes in the land, the formations exposed or covered and the property lines of all individuals who claim to own the land. Each type of map, coast charts, property pleats, etc. have their individual purposes and all need to understand that each map will show or highlight something different depending upon the use for which it is intended.

Dr. Joe Knetsch, worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of State Lands, Bureau of Survey and Mapping for twenty-eight years.  He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History from Florida State University in 1990.  Dr. Knetsch has worked as the historian for the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, since 1987.  He has published over 200 articles and reviews on Florida history.  Dr. Knetsch has given over 200 papers on the topic of Florida history, surveying and genealogy.   He is now a “consulting” historian working in Tallahassee. 



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