Visualization courtesy of VisualCapitalist.com
“In 1569, the great cartographer, Gerardus Mercator, created a revolutionary new map based on a cylindrical projection. The new map was well-suited to nautical navigation since every line on the sphere is a constant course, or loxodrome. The vast majority of us aren’t using paper maps to chart our course across the ocean anymore, so critics of the Mercator projection argue that the continued use of this style of map gives users a warped sense of the true size of countries—particularly in the case of the African continent.”
USAGOLD note: The world is a much different place geographically than the one we commonly visualize. One form of inflation is monetary – the one we understand well. The other is geographic – the one we learn from this graphic.