Visualization of Travels

Alexander von Humboldt was one of the first explorers, who travelled around the world and described precisely, what he found and discovered. Google Maps and Google Earth are free new programs that makes it easy to view geographical data from the entire world. The Humboldt Digital Library is using these programs to create a map of Humboldt’s travels throughout the New World. Included are important places, images and paintings from artists, text descriptions, maps and lines marking Humboldt’s approximate path.

Because of our technical developments there is a linkage between the Google Maps and Google Earth visualisation available to the digitized texts inside our digital library. So the user can follow Humboldt's journey chronologically, something is not always easy when following his written works, and dig deeper by linking the displayed information with text from the digital library. The Google Maps opens fascinating options to compare history place descriptions and observations to recent situations.

You can use the downloadable file for Google Earth here: Click on Digital Library Alexander von Humboldt

Or just open the Google Maps here, which is presenting and overview og Humboldt's travels together with several placemarks, allowing the geographical navigation and searching dynamically inside the Humboldt's writings.

Open Humboldt Travels in Google Maps