Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 5 - Lot 3
Title: II. Cartography
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Title: II. Cartography historical research
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 5 - Lot 3
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine
Coordinates: 29.89319 x -81.311302
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
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II. Cartography

The following maps and surveys were consulted in the study:

1. Juan J. Elixio de la Puente 1764
2, James Moncrief 1765 (?)

3. Mariano de la Rocque 1788
4. D. Pedro Diez Berrio 1796-98

5. B. 'C. Clements Survey 1834
6. Gillmore Survey 1880

7. Insurance Map 1893
8. Official City Map 1923

9. Sanborn 1930

The first step in attempting to interpret the cartographic

material which is available was to establish a common ground

since we are dealing with three nationalities and two systems

of measurement.

A standard equivalent is normally used. This is 33.372"

(2.781') = 1 Spanish vara.1 This is a useful tool but is not

to be considered infallable. The following, in tabular form,

are the results of applying this equivalent to the problem.





Insurance 1893


Total Block
Length N-S


246' 6'

255' 2'

260' (?)

Lot Length

30' 3'

40' 1'

Lot Width

30' 3'

House Length

30' 3'

House Width

27' 3'


110' 1'

nt 260' 8" 73' 0" 26' 10" (?)

It can be seen that there is a major discrepancy in the

length of the block on the Rocque map, as well as a general

lengthening through time. Since the Rocque map is considered

to be the most accurate of- the colonial series, it was necessary

to resolve the difference in the total block length.

When all of the colonial series are compared, one thing soon

becomes evident, namely the relationship between the southwest

corner of Block 5 and the buildings which comprise the Spanish

Accountancy across Charlotte St. In all instances the structure

which is on the SW corner of Block 5 is pretty much bisected by

extending the north wall of the north house of the Accountancy



It was therefore decided to construct a series of overlays

based on the Gillmore survey of'1880. This survey gives the

actual distance from the northeast corner of Block 10 to the

northeast corner of the Accountancy lot. (Treasury lot on

American surveys). A scale of 1" = 40' was selected and propor-

tional dividers were utilized to enlarge or reduce the available


Where distances are given,, such as in the Puente key, a new

equivalent was obtained by dividing the total number of varas

into the length of the block as per the Gillmore survey, so that

property lines could be established.

It is quite apparent from these overlays that the copy of"

the Rocque map in the Commission's collection contains a signifi-

cant error in its scale, as the relationship between the

Accountancy lot and the building on the southwest corner of Block

5 remains the same when all the material is reduced to a common


The following additional information was obtained from the

cartographic material studied.

1, Puente This map indicates a house in the southwest corner

of Block 5. Its long axis is orientated east and west. The

key which accompanies the map supplies this information:

Quadra P # 208

House of 'stone of the heirs of Manuel SerrAno

12 varas N-S, 12 varas E-W. '

2. Moncrief A house is indicated on the southwest corner of

Block 5. It is colored red which would indicate a masonry

structure. The name of the owner is written across the lot

and appears to be Mr. Brown. It appears to be basically

square in plan.

3. Rocque The building shown on the southwest corner of Block

5 is a simple rectangle with an interior partition dividing

the house into two rooms of almost equal size. The long axis

is orientated north & south. The accompanying key adds the


Block 17 # 133

House of masonry of Zone7 story, in bad condition of the.


4, Berrio The building in the SW corner of Block 5 is basically

a 'rectangle with slight protuberant on the NE corner. It

is colored red to indicate' masonry. The structure is marked

with the letter q. The key on the map states:

q. House of Dn Mariano de Lazaga.

The long axis is oriented north & south.

5. Clements No buildings are shown on this survey, however,

the names of the original owner and present claimant are


/ Original Peter Cacefacio

Present Daniel Halbert

6. Gillmore No structures shown. Useful only for total block

lengths and government owned lands.

7. Insurance map 1993 This area is shown as a vacant lot.

8. Official City Map 1923 No structures are indicated, but does

give written distances for all lots.

9. Sanborn 1930 Shows the American Legion Club Hq. on this

site. (This is the present structure).

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