However, the significant aspect of Krause’s work, which was to show how Africa has been unfairly reduced on the map in size, never gained attention in the Western media. But now, the debate has resurrected again, and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) has added its voice to the debate.
CNN, who started this current debate about the true size of Africa, writes: “on a typical world map, Canada is a vast nation. Home to six time zones, its endless plains spread from ocean to ocean, dominating great swathes of the northern half of the globe. But, in reality, three Canadas would comfortably fit inside Africa. Our world map is wildly misleading.”
When the question on the distortion of the world map was put to the ICA president, Professor Menno-Jan Kraak, he didn’t deny it. He told CNN: “Somehow this map projection came to be used on most world maps, especially those produced for classrooms since the beginning of the 1900s. Most of us have grown up with this world image.”