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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

Reconstructed in 1898 by Konrad Miller.


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

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

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

12. A map showing where you'd end up if you dug straight down to the other side of the Earth.

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Assuming you could find a way not to be crushed and burned to death on the way, of course.


13. The Mercator projection, 1569.

Gerardus Mercator / Via

The first and most famous "projection" of a spherical globe onto a flat map, giving sailors accurate lines of longitude and latitude.

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

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

16. A map showing countries by number of internet users.

"InternetPopulation2011 DeSabbata Graham OII" by Stefano De Sabbata and Mark Graham - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons / Via

18. A map showing the results of a survey asking the world who they see as the biggest threat to world peace.

WIN/Gallup International/YouTube / Via

People are pretty scared of America, it turns out.

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