Map Description: 2006 Map World Peters World map A much more controversial Map |distributed by the firm ODT in Amherst, Massachusetts, is a world Map |based on the Peters Projection. This projection was popularized by Arno Peters, a 20th-century German historian, who was dissatisfied with the Mercator projection. The latter was originally developed in the late 16th century primarily for navigational purposes but was used widely throughout the 19th and 20th centuries for general reference maps. Peters a rgued that the Mercator projection (illustrated in the first two insets at the bottom of the sheet) grossly exaggerates the importance of the countries in the northern hemisphere, i.e. the well developed, industrialized countries, at the expense of the third world countries in South America, Africa, and southern Asia. Since these countries are located in the equatorial regions, there is minimal exaggeration of their areas. In place of the Mercator projection, Peters advocated the use o World| Notes: Includes seven insets of various projections.Subjects: Peters projection (Cartography)--Maps| World maps
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