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Africa Is Much Bigger Than You Think

Sami Grover | Mother Nature Network   in  ·
June 3, 2015

Any map is a political document. What they do and do not choose to show will inevitably shape your worldview.

From the names we call a particular territory (think Northern Ireland versus Ulster, for example) to where we draw our borders, maps have always been used to denote and reinforce a favored understanding of how the world “is.” This argument is hardly controversial. What’s sometimes less recognized, however, is that the political and cultural significance of maps doesn’t just end with the boundaries and labels we demarcate the map with. Our representations of the geography itself is both influenced by, and contributes to, the worldview from which it was created.

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