The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection presented by Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569. Europe was disproportionately displayed as bigger than it was. In the new map below, you can see how much bigger Africa is in reality, as compared to the Mercator projection. 

 

Image by Neil Kaye, map found via Reddit, posted by neilrkaye, Oct 12, 2018

Why do you think the world map was originally made this way and why is it still being used? What does it show about world relations? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Click here to find out how big your country is in comparison.