Okay silly question, we’ve known what Africa looks like for centuries now, haven’t we?
Well that’s only if you believe what Imperialist European cartographers have drawn and made common knowledge. Some academics would argue that vast parts of the globe have been charted by European travelers back when maps were essential navigation tools when we explored and conquered nations by sea.
But we haven’t been a colonial power for some time now, so should we really be using the Mercator projection? A map that was published in 1569?
With the emergence of computer graphics and satellite navigation the Mercator projection depicts Africa as the same size as Greenland, when in fact its 14 times larger. Mad right?
This issue is not new, it’s even been addressed to some extent in popular culture. Like when C.J Cregg and Josh Lyman in Aaron Sorkin’s award-winning television series The West Wing find out they’ve been looking at the world all wrong.
The issue has also been raised by computer graphics expert Kai Krause who explained in The Economist how misrepresenting countries in favour of the West has a negative impact on our perception of Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs) within Africa.
So with that in mind take a look at some maps below that will change the way you think about the world.
Freedom of Press -
Flags of the World-
Map Of US Charting The Number Of Tweets Mentioning Beer vs Church-
Kai Krause’s The ‘True Size Of Africa’