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Historical Maps on Google Earth September 7, 2007

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The brilliant Google Earth is now even more useful! The team at Google have just added a selection of historical maps that are available as featured content layers. They come from the David Rumsey Collection and UK teachers will find the 1790 World Globe and the 1790 England & Wales maps particularly interesting. The maps have been pasted to the Google Earth globe so you can type in a modern day place name and fly to the appropriate part on the historical map. It’s great to see which towns and cities were important enough to be on the map back then and also amusing to see the change in spellings (e.g. “Leverpool“).