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The TRUE Size of Africa – Have Our Maps Been Misleading For Over 500 Years?

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by Joe Martino

The earth is round and therefore the challenge of any world map is to represent a round earth on a flat surface. But have our world maps been wrong or misleading for 500 years? It seems as though they have.

Although the featured clip in this article is from ‘The West Wing’, the inaccuracies of the world maps we commonly use is anything but fictional. The clip below reveals an accurate look at the size of Africa and how a world map might better reflect its size.

Click here to view the embedded video.

When first coming across this myself I was surprised to see how off it was, but after thinking of how populated Africa is, the land mass itself, and how many countries are in Africa, it became easy to see how big it has to be.

The map shows how Africa (30,3 million km²) is larger than the combination of China (9,6 million km²), the US (9,4 million km²), Western Europe (4,9 million km²), India (3,2 million km²) and Argentina (2,8 million km²), three Scandinavian countries and the British Isles (map gives no surface for these last two areas). Map Source

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    • Mr A Hole - PHD, BSE, HN51, ADHD hons. DVT HIV

      Have been trying to tell people for years about British Maritime Cartography..

      The Empire was of course made larger by size to instill a sense of power. This follows on even today.

      If you watch the BBC weather for example. The size of the UK is always misrepresented. The UK fits 4.5 times into France and more than 5 times into Spain. Australia van hold 50 or so UK’s in its area.

      The British are still the Cartographers of the world. Hence the world’s total lack of education regarding the layout and ssize of their planet.

      It’s just another lie that has helped shaped the world to the mess it’s in now.

      You’ll also find Israels size vastly over exaggerated since their appearance on modern maps.

      Wishfull thinking ? Or a cartography error?

      What do you think??

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