The Peters Projection

The Peters Projection World Map is one of the most stimulating, and controversial, images of the world. When this map was first introduced by historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters at a Press Conference in Germany in 1974 it generated a firestorm of debate. The first English-version of the map was published in 1983, and it continues to have passionate fans as well as staunch detractors.

The earth is round. The challenge of any world map is to represent a round earth on a flat surface. There are literally thousands of map projections. Each has certain strengths and corresponding weaknesses. Choosing among them is an exercise in values clarification: you have to decide what's important to you. That is generally determined by the way you intend to use the map. The Peters Projection is an area accurate map.


Our goal here is to help nurture "critical thinking skills" by comparing and contrasting the Peters Map with the Mercator Map and promote the Peters Map as a supplement to traditional maps.



Comparing and contrasting the Peters Map with the Mercator Map is an excellent way to nurture critical thinking for students of all ages, in all context. Maps deliver messages far beyond geography. Comparing the Peters Map to The Mercator maps make clear that all symbols need to be carefully examined.

BTW. The Mercator map on the right places the United States in the middle of the map. Virtually every other flat world map has the "prime meridian" as it's center.

Take our tour that discusses the Mercator and you'll see that the Peters Map is different for all the right reasons. Our hope is you can introduce the Peters Map to your students.




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