New Rumsey Historical Maps for Google Earth

Rumsey Historical Maps in Google EarthOver 100 new historical maps have been added to the Rumsey layer in Google Earth from David Rumsey’s map collection of over 17,000 maps he has available online. The maps range from complete global maps to historical maps for cities around the world. Turn on the layer under “Gallery->Rumsey Historical Maps“. You see placemarks for each map along with the date of the map and a thumbnail of what it looks like. Click on the thumbnail to load the map as an overlay in Google Earth. The maps are very fascinating to look at, and compare to the underlying “real” world. Select the layer and grab the transparency slider above to make comparisons, or turn on the “Borders” layer and adjust your zoom level to see how the borders match up to modern day political boundaries and coastlines. via Google Lat Long

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. It’s not working for me. I only see the old maps. Yes Google Earth 4.3

  2. Cool. I actually manually did this with some of his maps about 2 years ago (A couple that aren’t included in this layer). I’m glad that somebody went to the trouble to do so many.

  3. When you select a map, it loads it into your temporary places folder (in the my places section, not down in the layers). Click on that map and grab the transparency slider

  4. well,it’s amazing.Good to see Rumsey Maps in Google Earth.

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