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World Maps with Different Focal Points

Length of Time:   30 Minutes


Map locations are determined by many factors. The convention is to place Europe at the center and the North Pole at the top. By placing an area in the center, the map maker is proclaiming its importance, literally its centrality. Alternative placements suggest a different set of values and the possibility of different priorities.

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