A look at twelve maps that changed the world

Maps have seen massive changes over the centuries.  From rough, inaccurate maps thousands of years ago to Google Earth today, maps have changed in amazing ways.  An article from The Atlantic summarizes those changes by showing twelve different maps that helped change the world.


The list goes back to the year 150 with the map above from Claudius Ptolemy and ends with Google Earth, with many interesting maps in between.

We’ve seen a handful of tools in Google Earth to help show old maps similar to some of these, such as maps from the Battle of Fort Sumter or the Battle of Gettysburg.  You can also use Google Earth to view historical aerial imagery from the past few decades in many areas.

You can use this link to read The Atlantic article for yourself.  Which of their twelve do you think was the most important of all time?

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.

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