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School District Is First in USA to Adopt This World Map

School District Is First in USA to Adopt This World Map

Schools in Boston have discarded the widely used but distorted map of the world in a bid to give children a more accurate depiction of the world.

The Boston school system says it is the first in the U.S. to adopt a world map that shows how big countries really are in relation to each other, unlike the one most of us grew up with.

It is thought Boston is the first public school district in the USA to make the switch to the new map official. And when you continue to show images of the places where people's heritage is rooted that is not accurate, that has an effect on students'.

The Mercator map was published in 1569 by Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator.

However, Mercator's depiction of the globe has since come under criticism for its inaccurate - and Eurocentric - portrayal of the world's landmasses. His map made navigation along colonial trade routes easier, but it puts Germany in the middle instead of the equator and makes Greenland the same size as Africa, when it is 14 times smaller.

"And while Alaska appears to eclipse Mexico, the country's 49th state can actually fit inside of our nation's neighbour to the south with room to spare", says the paper.

The Mercator map has always been considered controversial due to its exaggerated depiction of Europe, which Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator placed in the center of the map, and North America.

Boston officials said the switch to the new Gall-Peters Projection map from the traditional map, which has used Mercator Projection to show the continents for almost the last 500 years, was necessary to give students a more accurate geological view of the world, The Guardian reported.

The Gall-Peters Projection was presented by German historian Arno Peters in 1974, and it matches a work by 19th century Scottish map-maker James Gall.


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