Historic Maps on Google Earth

This is both cool and educational: a historical maps information layer for Google Earth. From the press messaging:

“The David Rumsey historical maps layer for Google Earth shows historical maps around the world spanning from year 1680 to 1892. The map layers have been selected by David Rumsey from his large collection of hand painted historical maps, as well as from other collections with which he collaborates. All of the maps contain rich information about the past and represent a sampling of time periods, scales, and cartographic art, resulting in visual history stories that only old maps can tell. Each map has been georeferenced by Rumsey, thus creating digital map images that allow the old maps to appear in their correct places on the modern globe. Some of the maps fit perfectly in their modern spaces, while others, generally earlier period maps, reveal geographic misconceptions of their time . . .”

Here’s more from Danny Sullivan at SEW and the Official Google Blog.

One Response to “Historic Maps on Google Earth”

  1. Braylon Says:

    Hi All Experts,
    Does anyone use google earth images as ground image planes for use in aerial scenes. I know how to stitch them together but are there any tools or tricks to make sure that the images are at the same height, angle and such to make sure they stitch well. I know in the pro version you can get bigger images but im not going to pay for the pro version when i could stitch multiple images together…

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