The True Size of Africa - An Erroneous Map Misled Us For 500 Years

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The True Size of Africa - An Erroneous Map Misled Us For 500 Years
 

 
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).

The Peters Projection World Map is one of the most stimulating, and controversial, images of the world. When this map was first introduced by historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters at a Press Conference in Germany in 1974 it generated a firestorm of debate. The first English-version of the map was published in 1983, and it continues to have passionate fans as well as staunch detractors.

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Traditional world maps such as the Mercator often exaggerate the scale towards the poles, giving an erroneous picture of the relative sizes of different countries. For example, Mercator maps show Greenland to be roughly the same size as Africa, when, in reality, Africa is actually fourteen times larger. Africa also looks considerably smaller than Russia on a Mercator map, even though Africa is actually 33% larger. However, generations of navigators weren't bothered much by Mercator's misrepresentations, since they cared most about longitude and latitude, which the Mercator projection handles rather well.

We all know this;

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But, in proper proportions, this one is much, much more accurate;

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And just to throw you for a loop;

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168 comments for "The True Size of Africa - An Erroneous Map Misled Us For 500 Years"

 4 years ago '12        #2
bezngga1982 51 heat pts51
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damn, africa be packin
 4 years ago '08        #3
Andre3stacks 20 heat pts20
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 Andre3stacks said:

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lmao chilllll
 4 years ago '08        #5
J_Clarity13 112 heat pts112
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yea i remember seeing this like 5 years ago be prepared to b mind blow when u find out about a whole lot of sh*t they are hiding from us
 4 years ago '04        #6
youngd 16 heat pts16
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we aint no minority son wake up
 08-01-2013, 11:09 PM         #7
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 jessie17 said:
yea i remember seeing this like 5 years ago be prepared to b mind blow when u find out about a whole lot of sh*t they are hiding from us
 youngd said:
we aint no minority son wake up
Yeah Africa is the second largest, I thought it was the first. On the maps they make it seem so small when its actually very large
 08-02-2013, 01:50 AM         #8
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Oh I didnt know it was that size but I did know the world is actually upside-down
 4 years ago '12        #9
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You n*ggas mad about a map?

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Been knew this. Just more proof of Africa always being robbed, nothing new here.
 4 years ago '11        #11
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the mother land
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 cubes said:
You n*ggas mad about a map?

nobody is mad we just in awe on how many trues they hide from us...why you mad
 4 years ago '05        #13
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not feeling Africa.......and who cares if it is the size of Mars? Aint sh*t poppin over there except Jungles, Safari land, honegry folks, and Wild a.ss animals
 4 years ago '04        #14
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pretty cool, but i dont get why they would compare the size of a continent to the size of countries
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 FlamboyantOne said:
not feeling Africa.......and who cares if it is the size of Mars? Aint sh*t poppin over there except Jungles, Safari land, honegry folks, and Wild a.ss animals
lol smh......
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 4 years ago '06        #16
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i always thought the world map did africa very little justice. glad 2 see this representation. never seen this b4. #truthrevealed
 08-02-2013, 03:29 PM         #17
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damn, so black people got big d!cks and a big continent. Us white people stay losin yo
 08-02-2013, 03:29 PM         #18
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you cant accurately make a flat map of the earth. that and africa being the second largest continent. all of this sh*t is grade school.
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 FlamboyantOne said:
not feeling Africa.......and who cares if it is the size of Mars? Aint sh*t poppin over there except Jungles, Safari land, honegry folks, and Wild a.ss animals
u stupid f**k, that's where the world get their resources from. without africa, this world aint s**t
 4 years ago '06        #20
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 FlamboyantOne said:
not feeling Africa.......and who cares if it is the size of Mars? Aint sh*t poppin over there except Jungles, Safari land, honegry folks, and Wild a.ss animals
so why is the why man robbing the fu*k out of them if there aint sh*t there
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