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England on maps

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 08, 2008

How big is England? Mapmakers can’t seem to agree.

So for the last two years I’ve been taking pictures of Britain on world maps. Not accurate maps, but drawings or illustrations of maps. The differences are amazing. You might assume that all maps were accurate, or at least accurate-ish. But no, designers play fast and loose with the truth making the host country bigger, more important or more central. Look at Britain in these photos. Look at the size of it compared to Europe. It’s the same, but different.

I love the averaged England near the bottom of the post. (via migurski)

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