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Every map you’ve ever seen of Africa is right

With all the deadly serious issues of social and economic injustice confronting Africa, it’s amazing how many people remain concerned with the continent’s size on our maps. If you’ve heard of the Mercator projection, the term for the ubiquitous rectangularly rendered maps found in almost every American classroom, you probably know about its flaws. Most egregiously, critics note, it distorts the world by making Africa look much smaller, relative to other continents, than it really is.

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