Historical Map Overlay

Google Earth can provide one with a satellite view of anywhere in the world, which is something that obviously wasn’t available during George Washington’s time.  Unfortunately for us, Google Earth and Google Maps aren’t compatible with each others’ KML files, so I’m unable to embed my interactive map.  I was able to take a Historical Map created by George Washington himself, and overlay it onto today’s Mount Vernon, adding a slider bar so you can fade the original map as desired.

Step One

Adding the location to Google Earth (as you can see below, marked with a yellow pin)
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Step Two

Next to the search bar click the overlay icon, and upload the map you intend to use.  For my purpose, I used the map that can be found by clicking here.  Using the transparency slider, I was able to manipulate the original map to best fit the current map used by Google Earth.  Marked below with yellow arrows, you can see the overlay icon, the transparency slider, and the location pin.
Middle Slide PDF copyStep Three

The finished product should look something like this.  The grand purpose of a map like this, is to get an idea of what Mount Vernon and the surrounded areas looked like to Washington, and what we know it currently looks like using today’s technology.  George Washington studied surveying as a teenager, following in the footsteps of Augustine Washington, his father (Burns et al. 2004).
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Mount Vernon, “George Washington as Farmer,” George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Accessed 5 May 2014, http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/george-washington-as-farmer/.

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