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The town of Colinton is laid off at a place called Prospect Bluff, or Fort Gadsden, on the Apalachicola River, and eighteen miles from the Bay of the same name, on a fine level plain of pine land, 15 feet above the river at low water, and within the purchase made by J. Forbes & Co. from the Indians. The town lots are 60 feet wide and 120 feet deep. The water lots are 75 feet wide, and from 160 to 300 feet deep. The swamp land under the bluff is from 70 to 90 feet wide, and is sufficiently firm for excellent foundations for wharves at a small expense. The lots A, B, C, D, E, F, G, each 120 feet by 300 feet, are reserved for public uses. The streets are at right angles, and of the width laid down in the Plan. The Apalachicola and Chattahoutchie Rivers are navigable at all times for large Steam Boats 220 miles in a direct line to the Falls above Fort Mitchel, and run through a fine fertile country, the produce of which must descend these Rivers by Colinton to the Ocean.
HISTORICAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL,
MORE PARTICULARLY OF
BY JAMES GRANT FORBES.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY C. S. VAN WINKLE,
No. 101 Greenwich-street.
Southern District of New York, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the fifteenth day of May, in the forty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, C. S. VAN Winkle, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“Sketches, Historical and Topographical, of the Floridas ; more particularly of East Florida. By James Grant Forbes."
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;" and also to an act, entitled, “An act supplementary to an act, entitled, an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
G. L. THOMPSON,
SINCE Florida has become an integral part of the Union, and our republic has been strengthened by this important acquisition, curiosity has been considerably excited on the subject of its situation, its soil, climate, and bistory. A desire to emigrate, and numerous other motives, combine to heighten this excitement; and what hitherto has been but little known and regarded, while a neglected Province of Spain, bids fair to rise to eminence and fame, as a component part of the American family.
The imperfect and contradictory accounts of the Floridas, made it the duty of those possessing any information on the subject, to afford their fellow citizens the most correct and authenticated information. Under this impression, I have ventured to publish the following sketches, which have grown out of personal observation, and been strengthened by such facts as the nature of my situation, and considerable research, have placed within my reach.
I offer them to the consideration of my fellow citizens with all possible deference, and as my motives are purely patriotic, I indulge the hope, that my imperfec