What's the real size of Africa? How Western states used maps to downplay size of continent (Photos)


On a typical world map, Canada is a vast nation.

Home to six time zones, its endless plains spread from ocean to ocean, dominating great swathes of the northern half of the globe.

But, in reality, three Canadas would comfortably fit inside Africa.

Our world map is wildly misleading.

It’s all down to the European cartographer Geert de Kremer, better known as Mercator, and his 16th century map projection.

While a convenient way to chart the world, the map distorts the true size of countries.

Read more: Africa on the world map: What’s the real size? – CNN.com

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