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18 Maps That Will Change How You See The World

Including some disturbing news for America.

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4. A map of the world in 43 AD: a reprint of one drawn by Pomponius Mela, a Roman scholar credited as the father of geography.

Wikimedia Commons / Konrad Miller / Pomponius Mela / Via en.wikipedia.org

Reconstructed in 1898 by Konrad Miller.

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10. A map of the prevailing religions in countries around the world.

"Prevailing world religions map" by LilTeK21 at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons / Via commons.wikimedia.org

Which, annoyingly, doesn't include "no religion" (which would be the biggest single group in much of Europe), but still.

11. A map of the world from 1154.

"TabulaRogeriana upside-down" by http://TabulaRogeriana.jpg: Al-Idrisiderivative work: PHGCOM (talk) - TabulaRogeriana.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons. / Via en.wikipedia.org

Drawn by the Arabic cartographer Mohammed Idrisi, from the Tabula Rogeriana (Book of Roger).

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15. The Ortelius World Map (1564), the first map by Abraham Ortelius, creator of the first modern atlas.

"OrteliusWorldMap1570" by Abraham Ortelius - The Library of Congress. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons / Via commons.wikimedia.org

The Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, published in 1570, was a collection of 53 maps.

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