County Lines on Google Maps tool adds coverage of 4 more countries

Just a quick note to let you know that New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland have been added to the County Lines on Google Maps tool! Update as of 29 Dec 2018:  Mexico Municipalities have been added, which are the next level administrative division below State. So, the full line-up of countries where you can see counties is: – United States – United Kingdom – Ireland – Australia – New Zealand – Canada – Mexico – Switzerland Please note that not all countries use counties. So in those cases, the tool will show the administrative division that exists between the state … Read more

Here’s how you can see all County Lines on Google Maps

QUICK LINK TO THE MAP TOOL:  County Lines on Google Maps Updated January 2020 Did you ever notice that Google Maps doesn’t display ALL county boundaries?  Sure enough, try it…best you can do is to get one county’s boundaries to draw at a time by searching for that county in Google Maps. Like this, where I searched for “Park County, CO”: You can only view one county’s boundaries at a time in Google Maps Well, what if you want to see ALL of the county lines in Google Maps? You can now, by using this free county mapping tool that … Read more

1660 New Amsterdam atop 2013 New York

The excellent historical blog Ephemeral New York has a post today about the 1660 Costello Plan, referred to by the New York Public Library as the “earliest known plan of New Amsterdam and the only one dating from the Dutch period.” To put the original Costello Plan into a present-day context, I’ve overlaid it on Google Earth and made these screenshots of lower Manhattan (click the images to see larger versions): North is up in this map.  Look how much of present day New York would have been underwater back in 1660!  Manhattan’s west coast would have been present-day Greenwich Street, … Read more