Geography

How race (and religion) has influenced our maps
For many years, we have known that our maps have not been entirely truthful in their portrayal of our world, but did you know why? Various distortions have occurred over the years, including obvious ones, like showing on your own maps, the size of your importance, rather than the size of your country, or placing yourself more centrally, rather than accurately.

Why are all world maps are wrong – and why is the Mercator projection often favoured by the likes of google maps and general navigation? Should you use a Gall-Peters map for more accuracy on relative country sizes? Should we consider the value of the Winkel Tripel system?

You can also play around with the maps on The True Size Of, here.

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