Delisle globe, 1765 - Quicktime VR

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Delisle globe, 1765 - Quicktime VR

By: admin | Podcasts and Slideshows | March 23, 2009
Take a spin!

The Delisle Globe is a spectacular and important recent addition to our collection and is currently on view in the Minnesota on the Map exhibit.

We can now offer you the chance to move and manipulate this amazing and fragile 1765 French globe yourself in ways one never could in real life. Take your mouse, click and move the globe around. See it from different viewpoints, zoom in and visit the Northwest Passage, Lake Superior, or the mysterious cities in the lower Mississippi Valley.

More on the globe

Let us know what you think!


Be aware Quicktime is required to view the file and that at 53MB the Quicktime VR file will take time to load before the image can be manipulated.

Evolutionary Anthropology LaboratoryOur thanks for making this possible go to John Soderberg, managing director at the University of Minnesota’s Evolutionary Anthropology Laboratory, and Michele Stillinger.