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Oahu. Hawaiian Islands. Compiled from Maps of Government Surveys and other reliable sources. Drawn by T.D. Beasley under supervision of Jas. T. Taylor, M. Am. Soc. C.E. November, 1899. United States, Copyright by Jas. T. Taylor 1899. Lith. Britton & Rey, S.F., Cal. (Raster Image)

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This layer is a georeferenced image of a map of Oahu (Hawaii). This detailed, large scale map of Oahu was made the year of annexation by the U.S. and shows lots and plantation names, topography, and town layouts. This copy belonged to M.M. O'Shaughnessy (deduced from ms "Oahu, Hawaii" in his hand), the famous California engineer (see 1881 Oahu map)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
Hawaii and Oahu (Hawaii)
Historical geography and Imagery and Base Maps
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