Shake-speare, The Google Earth Atlas

As a free supplement to “Shakespeare” By Another Name, we are pleased to make available the interactive atlas of Edward de Vere's life.

The Atlas runs on a stand-alone program called Google Earth—a computerized world map (that is itself free to download) that allows you to browse the planet a little like Internet Explorer and Firefox allow you to browse the web.

To access the Atlas, you first need to do three things that will take you five minutes

1) Download and install Google Earth (see box below)

2) Download the Shake-speare Atlas

3) Double-click on the Atlas file ("Shake-speareAtlas.kmz")

The third step will load the Shake-speare Atlas into your copy of Google Earth and, by default, will keep the Atlas stored in a directory in Google Earth called "Temporary Places." (From there, if you like, you may then move the Atlas to the nearby folder "My Places"—although this step is not necessary.)

To go to a location on the map, double-click on the eye (or pushpin) icon in your "Places" directory. Click on the underlined text to see the descriptions—some of which contain hyperlinks to websites with more information about the places and persons being described.

If you are having any difficulty running Google Earth or loading the Atlas file, this Google Earth Help website is very useful.

The Shake-speare Google Earth Atlas is offered under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial license. This basically means that so long as you don't sell it or remove the references and links to “Shakespeare” By Another Name, you are free to distribute and share this Atlas with anyone and everyone who might be interested in exploring the life of “Shakespeare,” the widely-traveled citizen of Renaissance Europe. Teachers, in particular, are encouraged to use this Atlas in their classes and lectures.

Here's the Atlas:


The link is to a data file, which most web browsers will allow you to download by right-clicking (or control- or command-clicking for Mac users) on the "Shake-speareAtlas.kmz" link above.

I'll say as they say, and persever so,
And in this mist at all adventures go.

How to get Google Earth on Your Computer

Google Earth is a broadband, 3D application that, unfortunately, not all computers can run.

Download Google Earth     Google Earth Tour     Google Earth Help

  • Desktop computers older than 4 years old may not be able to run it.
  • Notebook computers older than 2 years old may not be able to run it.
Minimum System Configuration
  • OS: Windows 2000, XP, or Mac OS X (10.3.9 +)
  • CPU: 500MHz
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 400 MB
  • System RAM: 128 MB (PC), 256 MB (Mac)
  • Video RAM: 16 MB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768, 32-bit color
  • Internet: 128 Kbps ("broadband")
  • For better performance: Recommended Configuration