Boston Schools Use Modernized Maps That Enlarge Africa, Depict World More Accurately (Photos)


Public schools in Boston are using a new global map to help give students a better picture of what the world really looks like.

Boston Public Schools, a network that includes 125 institutions, announced earlier this month that instead of just using the widely popular, over 400-year-old Mercator projection map, which grossly distorts the size of the world’s countries and continents, classrooms will be incorporating the Peters projection map because it is more accurate.

In the Mercator map, which was created in 1569 to help establish and navigate colonial trade routes, many of the world’s countries and continents appear warped when compared to their actual size: Alaska is portrayed as larger than Mexico, which is untrue; South America looks the same size as Europe, when it is nearly twice as large; and Greenland appears mammoth when compared with Africa, but it is in fact 14 times smaller than the continent.

Read more: Boston Schools Use Modernized Maps That Enlarge Africa, Depict World More Accurately | The Huffington Post

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