Why do they make Africa smaller on maps?

It’s called the Mercator projection. … The Mercator projection vastly exaggerates aged imperialist power, at the expense of developing countries and continents like Africa that are shrunk to inferiority.

Why are countries the wrong size on maps?

The popular Mercator projection distorts the relative size of landmasses, exaggerating the size of land near the poles as compared to areas near the equator. This map shows that in reality, Brazil is almost as large as Canada, even though it appears to be much smaller on Mercator maps.

Why do Western maps shrink Africa?

It’s because most maps use the Mercator Projection. On it, Greenland looks to be the same size as Africa. In reality, Africa is actually 14 times larger. Replicating the globe onto a flat surface distorts the sizes of the countries yet many have no idea.

Is Africa bigger than it is on the map?

Look at the usual flat map of the world and it appears that Greenland is nearly as big as Africa. But it’s not even close. Africa is 14 times larger.

Top 15 countries.

(Africa) 30.4
U.S. 9.5
Brazil 8.5
Australia 7.7
India 3.3

Is Russia bigger than Africa?

Africa is 1.77 times as big as Russia

At about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area.

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Can all of the other continents fit in Africa?

All continents put together will fit in, into Africa.” … Altogether, the world’s seven continents make up roughly 57.5 million square miles of land.

How many United States can fit in Africa?

If you combine the USA, China, India, Europe and Japan – they all fit into the continent of Africa. The US can fit comfortably no less than three times. The UK can fit into Africa over 120 times.

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