Should Britain Remain At The Centre of World Maps?


This question was asked in a weekly poll on the ‘maps of the world’ web site.

In its discussion, it considers some of the historical influences on cartography, and recognises the importance of the Greenwich Meridian, as well as the way that the main land masses of the world can be left undivided with Europe and Africa at the centre of the map.

It also considers some possible alternatives to the traditional map view.

I think it is important to challenge students with different world map views, and I like to have on display various polar projections, alongside maps I have bought in different countries centred on different parts of the world.

Other parts of this web site are worth exploring, with plenty of interesting information on maps as well as maps to download.


About devongeography

Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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