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Carte du Congo et du Pays des Cafres. Par G. De l'Isle de l'Academie Royale des Sciences. A Paris, chez l'Auteur sur le Quai de l'Horloge, avec Privilege, Janvier 1708 (Raster Image)

This layer is a georeferenced image of a map of the Congo originally created by Guillaume de Lisle in 1708. The original map appears in '(Atlas de Geographie).' The historic map layers in the Google Earth Rumsey Map Collection have been selected by David Rumsey from his large collection of historical maps, as well as some from other collections with which he collaborates. All the maps contain rich information about the past and represent a sampling of time periods, scales, and cartographic art, resulting in visual history stories that only old maps can tell. Each map has been georeferenced by Rumsey, thus creating unique digital map images that allow the old maps to appear in their correct places on the modern globe. Some of the maps fit perfectly in their modern spaces, while othersgenerally earlier period mapsreveal interesting geographical misconceptions of their time. Cultural features on the maps can be compared to the modern satellite views using the slider bars to adjust transparency. The result is an exploration of time as well as space, a marriage of historic cartographic masterpieces with innovative contemporary software tools.
Cartography Associates
Congo (Democratic Republic) and Africa
Historical geography, Atlas map, Administrative and political divisions, and Imagery and Base Maps
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