The Florida Historic Capitol Museum is hosting an exclusive new exhibition as part of the statewide Viva Florida 500 commemoration of Ponce de Leon’s landing in Florida and the following five hundred years of historical transitions. Navigating New Worlds: Identity, Perception, and Politics in Florida highlights rare and important maps and prints from the Michael W. and Dr. Linda M. Fisher collection.
Approximately thirty maps and prints will be on view from the Fisher collection, consisting of some of their most rare and historically important pieces. Visitors will explore the ties between outsiders’ perceptions of Florida, the experiences of those actually living in the region, and how these interactions shaped Florida’s settlement. Through historical interpretation based on scholarly research and document translations, the maps on display will depict the influence of Europeans on the future shape of Florida but also reflect the continuity of various cultures and languages throughout the transformation of Florida’s political landscape into the Florida that we know today. Mapmaking tools, audiovisual content, and other 3-D objects will enhance the visitor experience. The exhibition will also be complemented by a series of educational programs and special events.