Images of Google Earth's New Historical Maps

By Steve Bryant  |  Posted 2006-11-13 Print this article Print

Google earth historical maps Google released an update to Google Earth recently (build 4.0.2416 (beta)), and it contains a bevy of historical maps:

-- World Globe 1790
-- North America 1733
-- United States 1833
-- Lewis and Clark 1814
-- New York 1836
-- Buenos Aires 1892

and several more. These maps are great for browsing and comparing current locations to older ones.

For example, I've been reading reviews of Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map recently. (Haven't read it yet, but I recommend Emergence.) The Ghost Map is about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London on Broad Street in the Soho district. Google Earth now offers a map of 1843 London, and the image below is taken from that.

Ghost Map London

And here's an image of how that area looks today:

Ghost Map London contemporary

A map of Paris, circa 1716:

Paris 1716

San Francisco, circa 1853:

san francisco 1853 |

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