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Old Maps on Google Maps

Some time ago I had seen it the official blog from Google Earth, but now that Opaque It has reminded me, I have taken a few minutes to see how it works. I am referring to the old maps of the Rumsey collection displayed on Google Maps or Google Earth.

This example shows the 1710 map of the Iberian Peninsula, Spain divided by Castile and Aragon. Portugal also appears.

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Collection David Rumsey It started about 20 years ago, with a primary focus on the cartography of the Americas of the 18th and 19th centuries (I will use this nomenclature that the Roman numerals make me gray when I read them) but it also contains world maps, of Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania . The collection that to date includes around 150,000 maps includes atlases, spheres, school maps, books, nautical charts and a variety of maps that include pocket maps, wall maps, children's maps and others made by hand.

Digitization began around 1997. In this way it was possible to have this type of valuable documents with high resolution, because if you remember, previously the maps were containing a lot of detail, now everything is in the database and for different purposes those are represented results graphically.

Of course, one of the objectives was always to serve them on the web, and better than to see them in the services of imagemaps popularized worldwide, such as Google Maps and Google Earth, toys that Changed the way we see the world.

In this map you can see the index of different existing maps, and in the case of world maps they are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Zooming in displays the year of the product.

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Once you have clicked on the symbol, you can see the general information of the map, a link to see all the information related to both the original map and the digitized map and another link to see it displayed, which activates some bars with which you can control transparency. Look at this 1842 Brazil.

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To see them in Google Earth just go down This kmz Which links them and allows them to be displayed.

See this map of Colombia from 1840 when it still included Ecuador, Venezuela and part of Peru.

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And that tells me of this of Argentina of 1867, this map shows Native American tribes in the middle of Century 19

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It really is a valuable collaboration with the dissemination of that cartographic collection. Here you can see the complete collection

And this is a list of some of the most significant maps

North America Caribbean and South America Europe

Mexico 1809
Mexico City 1883

North America:
North America 1733
North America 1786
United States 1833
Lewis and Clark 1814
Mississippi River 1775
Western US 1846
Alaska 1867
Hawaii Oahu 1899
Yosemite Valley 1883

United States:
Chicago 1857
Denver 1879
Los Angeles 1880
New York 1836
New York 1851
New York 1852
San Francisco 1853
San Francisco 1859
San Francisco 1915
Seattle 1890
Washington DC 1851
Washington DC 1861

Canada 1815
Montreal 1758
Montreal 1815
Quebec 1759
Quebec 1815

South America:
South America 1787
Argentina 1867
Buenos Aires 1892
Brazil 1842
Colombia 1840
Peru 1865
Lima, Peru 1865

Cuba 1775
Martinique 1775
St. Vincent 1775
St. Lucia 1775

Europe 1787

Spain 1701
Madrid 1831
Portugal 1780

France 1750
France 1790
Paris 1716
Paris 1834

Italy 1800
Rome 1830
Ancient Rome 1830
Ancient Greece 1708

United Kingdom:
England and Wales 1790
Scotland 1790
London Environs 1832
London 1843
Ireland 1790

Rhein-Province 1846
Oldenburg 1851
Der Harz 1852
Nassau 1851
Wuerttemberg 1856
Hanover 1851
Sachsen 1860
Sachsen North 1852
Hessen 1844
Brandenburg 1846
Prussia 1847
Pommern 1845
Schleswig 1852
Possen 1844
Bayern 1860
Berlin 1860

Scandanavia 1794
Switzerland 1799

Russia 1706
Russia 1776
Russia 1794
Moscow 1745
Moscow 1836
St. Petersburg 1753

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. This page does not show me what I want, I do not understand that difference between the map of old colombia and that of XXI century. THANK YOU.

  2. No sire is right
    I am looking for a map of Peru, 1830, 1883, 1930 1948 and there is nothing

  3. This page does not serve as it does not give what one seeks to remove

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